My good friend Fr Simon has had his first book published (and it is available on Amazon now). It is part of the Canterbury Press Creative Ideas series, most of which I have and love. This one focuses on sacramental worship in a multi-sensory way. Emerging from Blessèd, an alternative worship community well known at Greenbelt, Walsingham and in the Fresh Expressions networks, it is full of examples and ideas for using technology in worship, even if you are non-techie like me. There are also visual and sensory ideas for Stations of the Cross, the Eucharist and walking the Labyrinth. And along with the book you get the whole thing on CD to cut and paste. (Oh, and it has one of my poems about Ash Wednesday in it too! Who’d have thunk it?)
The book explains how to use projectors and create videos in step by step stages with lots of visuals to help. Then there are creative examples for parts of the Eucharist (Gathering, The Penitential Rite, Dynamic Scripture, Eucharistic Prayers, and Intercessions). There are even suggestions for music tracks to be used as background sounds (and I was pleased to see some Bowie in there). Those of you who are familiar with Stuart Muir’s organ accompaniment of the Eucharistic Prayer at General Synod might like to consider Pink Floyd’s ‘Shine on you crazy diamond Part 1’ as an alternative. And that is what this book is about – alternative worship. Packed full of ideas to use or use as a starting point for your own creative juices to flow.
Or imagine going along to your local church on Good Friday for Stations of the Cross and being handed an MP3 player on which is the music and text to accompany you around the visual and sensory stations. And if you feel that you’d never have the imagination to produce such a thing, then you don’t have to – Fr Simon has done it all for you.
There is just so much in this book to ponder and to be inspired by. (And no, I’m not on a commission!)