Life is full of rhythm and motion, the energy that moves in and around and through us. But of course, we don’t all dance to the beat of the same drummer, and the way energy moves through us differs from person to person. Is it possible that the way we move and where we feel at rest inform our worship and even our understanding of God?
Josephine Rathbone, Valerie Hunt, Sally Fitt and Betsy Wetzig were kinesiologists (those who study the mechanics of body movement), and through their research of muscular and brain activity, they analyzed different classifications of movement, noticing basic patterns and preferences. Worship design teacher Dr. Marcia McFee built on this research and applied it to how people worship, identifying four main ways energy—or the Spirit—move through our lives and our bodies. She suggests that the way we move and respond to different styles and aspects of worship not only informs our appreciation of that worship, but also forms, reinforces, or challenges our conceptions of God.
Our worship series this month will focus on the ways the Spirit moves in us. Are you most at home in relationship with others or in quiet contemplation? Is your faith affirmed by the tradition and ritual of the church, or by the call to go and do? Let’s explore together, as the Spirit moves us!
Sermons in this Series:
September 11 – Gather Each One (the energy of Swing)
September 18 – Go and Do Likewise (the energy of Thrust)
September 25 – A Song in Every Silence (the energy of Hang)
October 2 – For the World and Forever (the energy of Shape)
Of course, a sermon will only convey part of the full worship exploration, especially in this case! If you are able, please join us for worship at Lebanon UMC, 18 School Street, Lebanon NH, 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.