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 StrengthWorship Ideas:
Play with Clay: To involve people in the biblical image of God as the potter shaping our lives, give each worshiper a small ball of clay in a Ziplock© bag to hold in their hands throughout the service . . .  
Kitchen Smells: For a series on worship entitled “The Whole Enchilada” we developed the metaphor of cooking with all the necessary ingredients. To reinforce the theme we set up a . . .  

Alabaster Offering: In a service focused on offering God our personal worship, we concluded the message with the story of the woman who anoints Jesus’ feet with precious ointment from an alabaster jar and an extravagant act of adoration (Luke 7). We had distributed small cards cutout in the shape of an ancient jar and we invited people to write out a prayer of adoration to God while someone . . .  
Windy Worship: In a service that focused on wind as a metaphor for the power of the Spirit, we rented two large industrial fans and set them up on the worship platform. At a certain point near the end of the service we  
Dividing Wall: For a service based on Ephesians 2:14, we made a “dividing wall of hostility” out of cardboard boxes running down the center aisle of our worship space . . .
 
Backwards Worship Backwards Worship: Bill Carroll of Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois, was planning a service on repentance as a change of direction. Before worship they set up all the chairs . . .
 
Backwards Worship Passion Mosaic: Pastor Ryan Warne-McGraw of St. Andrew Lutheran in Whittier, California designed a worship series based on the creation of a passion mosaic. The first week of the series they filled large clay flower pots with soil, using their bare hands to . . .  
Created Crea

Created Creators: During a series on the nature of God we focused on God’s infinite creativity. Throughout this service we had a painter on the platform painting a large picture of a creation scene. We also set up . . .

 
Created Crea Da Vinci Communion: We used Da Vinci’s famous painting, The Last Supper, as an image of the invitation to an intimate relationship with Jesus. After telling the history of the painting and explaining the reaction of each group of disciples . . .  
Bread of Life: To help people connect to Jesus as the Bread of Life, we constructed a cross with sides forming a kind of cross-shaped box. Into this we laid four long loaves of French bread. This was a focal point during the service and when the time came for communion . . .  
     
     
     
     
     


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