May 4, 2020 | Jessica Smith
What a strange time! When we started the year, no one could have predicted where we would be today. Our new online reality has meant that Middle School Worship has gone virtual.
Since returning from spring break, students have been “attending” Middle School Worship with their classes at the end of the day during closing meetings. While we are not all together as grades 4-8, this does give students the chance to worship in community and time to dive into deeper discussion.
We have had to abbreviate our liturgy. Worship leaders record worship ahead of time and include a scripture reading, a homily based on a Bible story, a prayer and open-ended wondering questions that prompt class discussions.
The other day, I was on the Worship/Closing Meeting zoom call with the 8th grade. During a breakout room discussion students mentioned missing singing together and worshipping together. “It isn’t the same,” they lamented. It isn’t the same. And there is much to be sad about. And yet I wonder what new opportunities and innovations will arise from this time. Together we will keep praying, “Jesus, teach me how to follow you.”
Want to experience a middle school worship? Here are a few links to recent worships.
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