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Worshipping Together Online

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.

Jesus Calls Peter and Andrew

Jessica Smith

Music Teacher, Preschool and Grades 6-8; Worship Coordinator

With more than 20 years experience teaching music in a variety of settings from elementary to college, Dr. Jessica Smith has a deep love for music education, integrated arts curriculum, world music, and worship.
In 2017, Smith traveled to Ghana to study West African drumming and dance as part of a fellowship from Fund for Teachers. In 2015, she completed four years of training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais™ Practitioner, a method that uses neuroscience and movement as a catalyst for potent learning. As a clinician, Smith has led workshops in vocal studies and drum circle facilitation. Before coming to Mustard Seed School in 2008, Smith was the Director of Preparatory & Continuing Studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where she also served as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Smith enjoys traveling and spending too much money on plants at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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