400 at Super Saturday learn about worship for all the senses


400 people from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences came out for Super Saturday on Oct. 17th, where they heard an inspiring presentation on worship, attended workshops, networked and had fun.

Marcia McFeeMarcia McFee, a worship consultant, opened the day by talking about how to create moving and meaningful worship services that appeal to people's different senses.

"Out of every 10 learners, by the sixth grade, two are are auditory learners, four are visual learners and four are tactile kinesthetic -  the doingness - learners. What does this say about our worship?" she said. "We Protestants are pretty good at the top one, but if we don't expand and think about how the word can come alive in other ways, we are cutting ourselves off from some very effective communication."

McFee went on to talk about conversations she has had with filmmakers, asking what it is that makes people excited to spend two hours watching a movie.  

"They have told me that they spend more time on the first two minutes of the movie than on all the rest because that's when people either buy into the journey, or they step back," she said. Similarly, she added, worship needs a "threshold moment that takes us into a different time and place."

She went on to demonstrate what a threshold moment might look like by leading an impromptu choir to sing Testify to Love.

"The power of God is among us every time we gather. All we have to do is open to it. All we have to do is to say what is the moment, what is the message, that the world needs to hear, and then do everything through all the sense to draw attention to that message," she said.

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400 people from across the Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences of the UCC came together Saturday for worship, a...

Posted by Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ on Saturday, October 17, 2015

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