Attend a worship night at Vineyard called Face to Face with your group. Blurb: come join us for an evening of extended worship, prayer & ministry time. This is a church wide event so ALL are welcome. Childcare is not provided. For more information, contact Carrie Mitchell at email@example.com or 614-259-5310.
If you don’t have guitar/piano lead worship:
Sing a cappella – have one person, or even two people, lead the worship songs. It’s helpful to sing simple and well-known songs. It’s also helpful to have the words printed out. (In general, pre-printing the songs is a good strategy to ensure everyone can follow along.) Another variation could be to have one person who plays guitar but doesn’t sing lead worship with another person who sings but doesn’t play guitar. I heard of one group using Apple TV to show pre-selected worship videos/concerts on their TV and often those videos show the words to the songs on the bottom of the screen.
Make a mix CD or use an MP3 player with pre-recorded worship songs. We can really encounter the living God when our hearts are inspired and uplifted to Him. It’s helpful to have the songs selected into a playlist or sorted in order so there is no shuffling of songs during the actual worship time. Again, print out song sheets with the words of all the songs that will be used during worship. Try to arrive early to ensure your CD or MP3 player works in your host home. Once your group is ready for worship simply turn on your mix CD or MP3 player. It’s usually better to play the music a little louder than normally so that people will not be intimidated by the sound of their own voice.
Select a Psalm or other portion of scripture and read it aloud (perhaps twice). Following a time of reflection and personal prayer (albeit brief) – use that scripture as a springboard for group-led prayer. Groups can experience amazing times of praying out together along themes of thanksgiving, adoration, repentance, petition, intercession, etc. Often God will move in the prayers of your group members and themes will emerge as evidence of God’s Spirit and presence in your times of worship.
Invite people to offer brief, one-sentence prayers of praise to God out loud. This works really well as a follow up to reading a Psalm or other worshipful text.
Use the Book of Common Prayer or other liturgical readings to stimulate a spirit of worship and prayer in your groups. The challenge is to move beyond admiring the words on the page and moving toward admiring God our Father. Leaving space for quiet and personal reflection is totally okay. We can encounter God in fresh and intimate ways when our spirits are quiet before Him. To transition, often the group will need the leader to lead-out in prayer or into a time of personal mediation which can then be shared with the group.
Leading Lectio Divina can really engage folks in worship. This could be a great pathway for ministry time as well.
One of our worship pastors suggested using instrumental music as a background for times of silence in addition to reading Scripture, Lectio Divina or the Book of Common Prayer. Anderson Cale has a great CD for this kind of thing, but there are many others. Even silence can be a great bridge to our Father.
There is a great resource for worship song sheets available free through the Vineyard Church. It’s called Worship Connect and it will help format your chosen song set for easy printing. You just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a username and password.
Plan an extended worship night with your group. Spend double the time worshipping God and experiencing His presence. Consider adding in one of the contemplative or meditative components listed above. This can also be a wonderful way to usher in the Holy Spirit – helping to deepen the group’s comfort waiting on and listening to God.