|2011 Congregations and Projects|
Arts of the Spirit: Concerts, Classes, and Collaborative Worship Planning
Twice each year, Central Presbyterian’s clergy, musicians, and educators convene to
plan worship for the upcoming months. Although the details are left for subsequent
staff meetings, these biannual times of focused reflection establish the foundation
for Central’s intentional, inspiring, deliberately inclusive and liturgically grounded
Three times per year, a professional artist/ensemble comes to Central under the
auspices of our Arts of the Spirit education/performance/outreach series. For
“Concerts with a Cause,” artists present a free public performance with a love
offering that benefits a designated charity. For “Learning with the Spirit,” artists
lead Saturday master classes and then participate in Sunday worship. For “Gathered
to Sing,” artists conduct a worship‐centered concert emphasizing audience
With the support of the Congregations Project, we envision combining these two
established practices, extending their reach in ways that would serve the larger
community and the larger church. Specifically we envision:
with Central’s worship leaders.
worship‐planning practices, and create from this footage a teaching tool that
Central would make available to all churches.
When we imagine artists joining Central’s worship‐planning team to collaborate on
arts‐infused services across the liturgical year, we are exited for our congregation.
When we remember how worship must always flow beyond the confines of a
Sunday morning sanctuary, we are excited for our community. When we consider
how this process could be made public through the creation of a worship‐planning
video resource, we are excited for the larger church. This excitement would be
made manifest by participation in the Yale ISM Congregations Project.
Institute of Sacred Music