Now that’s what I call Alternative Worship

I’d like to coin a new genre within alternative worship, I’m calling it ‘Spontaneous Alt Worship!’ (you read it here first!) This is all about something quite trad’ randomly crossing over into a more creative expression of praise, reflection and connection with God. Not to be taken too seriously BUT this is the true story …..
This morning the kids had all jumped into bed with Jo and I. As it was Palm Sunday and we were going to miss the morning sevice as we were travelling to see relatives, we decided to start the day in Worship where we were.
We started off with a rousing rendition of ‘Lord I lift your name on high’ (a favourite of the kids) and then read the account of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem from Matthew. We discussed what this meant and why it was important. I then suggested we prayed. My eldest boy (with cerebral palsy and speech difficulty) IMMEDIATELY launched into the Lords Prayer. He did this by saying the first word of each line loudly and doing the rest with sign language while we completed the words. Very cool.
The service was going so well that my youngest boy (aged 5) thought that more celebration was needed and spontaneaously began signing ‘Ba ba black sheep’ which we duly joined in with. My daughter then wanted us to complete morning worship by singing ‘O little town of Bethlehem!‘ which we did.
Wasn’t sure of which Blessing should follow this?
Now if this isn’t Spontaneous Alt worship (Ok, there were no candles) then I don’t know what is 🙂 As Jonny, Mark B et al always write up their stuff for others to use, I thought I’d do the same.
Congregation should be seated on Matresses holding mugs of coffee
(Note that dress code is very informal)
Lord I lift your name on high
Reading: Matthew 21
Discussion and Application of Bible Passage
The Lords Prayer (signed and said)
Ba Ba Black sheep (traditional version, sung)
O little town of Bethlehem

Filed under ‘Random Family Experiences’ and tagged, ‘Why I’m never asked to lead worship’

4 Replies to “Now that’s what I call Alternative Worship”

  1. What a great thing to do, and isn’t baba balck sheep very deeply theological about our need to be an inclusive church…. My daughter, Eva suggested that we should sing, “You are my sunshine…” another deeply theological song.

  2. Couldn’t we open up a whole new thesis on songs that aren’t hymns but that could be applied ? “You are my sunshine” is a fantastic start but there must be more ? “Lovely Day” with choirs of angels, anyone ?

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