a worship service about contemporary worship

Last Sunday, we had Dana Decker visiting us from Los Angeles. Dana is the contemporary worship associate at First Unitarian Universalist in San Diego, a studio and touring musician, and a songwriter. I linked to his CD of UU-oriented worship music several posts ago.

He worked with our band, traded ideas and stories about leading UU contemporary worship, and in general brightened our weekend.

I delivered the sermon, entitled Old Wine, New Bottles, about the nature and philosophy of contemporary worship.

If you’re interested, here’s a link to the First Unitarian Albuquerque sermon archive, where you can watch the sermon and/or read the text.

And here’s a video of Dana and the band doing one of my favorite songs of Dana’s, “Keep the Flame Alive”.


About liberalreligiongetsloud

Contemporary Music and Worship Director (retired), First Unitarian, Albuquerque NM
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One Response to a worship service about contemporary worship

  1. Kaye says:

    I recently attended a worship service at a UU church in which the printed program provided only bare bones info. It was about a half-page long and provided simply: the title of the sermon, the numbers and titles of hymns, the words of the covenant, and the info about a Bible text and a story that was read. This was such a contrast to what I was used to. In my church, the order of service can span 2-3 pages, and much effort goes into listing every single item, in proper order, and with multiple details. I got to wondering if the more spare approach might allow for more flexibility and breathing space in worship and help to keep congregants more centered in the moment and attending to each other, rather than having their noses buried in the program, checking on what’s going to happen next. Perhaps you could address this question sometime in your blog. Thank you.

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