Planning Worship

Who, What and How

In the days before you lead/who to involve:

It is the responsibility of the worship leader, perhaps in cooperation with a pastor or member of the worship team to prepare an order of worship. The people named below all cooperate to make worship happen. It is helpful to communicate with them (and get them on board if necessary) early and to facilitate communication among them. Weldon or Amy will know who the other leaders are if they are not named in the schedule in this book.

* Collaborating with the preacher/speaker can help make meaningful connections throughout the worship and give a sense of continuity between the themes of worship and what is being presented in the sermon or meditation .
* Contact the music leader a week or more ahead of time if possible so that there is time for that person to prepare and/or consult with you, the worship leader. Often the pianist has helpful suggestions for music or insight into the way something should be led.
* Find scripture readers if you are not planning to read scripture yourself. Have the readers practice the reading before the service so that they understand and can pronounce all the words and so they can maintain good eye contact without stumbling on words.
* Find and/or check in with the children’s story presenter if there will be a children’s story or if you are not planning to do this yourself.
* The person who is offering the pastoral prayer is a good person to connect with to let him or her know the theme or scriptures being used.
* Any other participants such as musicians, presenters, story tellers, dramatists, readers etc.
* Have a finalized worship order to Marsha Miller, who assembles the Communicator , by Thursday afternoon ( )

The Day Before You Lead

Prayerfully go over the order of worship that you have assembled, looking for connections and areas where you anticipate a need to do more than simply announce what is next. Make notes for yourself, so you’ll remember.

On the Day You Lead

Arrive at least 30 minutes before worship, so you can coordinate with all of the other people. Bring your annotated order of service and a pen, so you can make notes of last-minute changes. If there are visuals being used that tie in to worship, you may wish to draw the congregation’s attention to them. Or just let the visuals speak for themselves.

Microphones and the sound system

Not only is the worship service being amplified so that people can hear better, it is being recorded for people who want to listen to parts of it again, or who were not present. There are several options available for microphones: 2 lapel mics, 2 cordless mics, and 2 corded mics as well as the podium mic. It is important to speak directly into the top of the microphone. It is helpful to check in with the sound system operator to let him/her know what is going on in worship and to see if there are any details that they need to tell you.

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