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The butterfly has long been a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus, as well as our own resurrection as we emerge from the power of fear and death. In this series, we will consider the process of metamorphosis as a guide to examine our own transformations from cocoons and tombs to the unfurled beauty of all God calls us to be. This series can be used as an Easter Season series OR any time of year you need to focus on new life!
We are using the word "emerging" a lot these days. We are slowly emerging from the pandemic and we are cautiously finding our way "back to normal." But wait! Not so fast. Do we really want to just go back to the way things were (as if we really could)? Or do we want to be transformed by our experience and find new ways to appreciate the blessedness of life? This series will give you the opportunity to ask these questions and reflect on your community's ability to transform and fly to new heights–perhaps in a different form, but beautiful nonetheless.
Butterflies are a timeless and powerful symbol of metamorphosis, change, growth, and renewal. Caterpillars spin a cocoon around themselves and turn into a goo inside, breaking down completely so that they can reform and break out of their protective shells as a new creation! This visual metaphor is rich with possibility for drawing parallels to the life of your church and community members. The most hopeful analogy is that the caterpillar had DNA within it already just waiting for this moment. We too have all we need to move forward in a reimagined presence in this world!
Watch the series trailer below to see a preview of the themes:
What's included in the series materials?
Eight worship scripts (plus three versions for week one–options for starting on Easter Sunday or the following week, or during Ordinary Time)
Original threshold chant by Mark Miller and Tanya Lynn Bennett and original prayer song by Dr. Marcia McFee and Elaine Kirkland
More music ideas, including choral anthem and band selections, along with hymn and song suggestions for traditional and contemporary styles
Visual and media arts ideas, including a series trailer and prayer video
Children's time scripts and more ideas for engaging children during the series
Sermon fodder to inspire your preaching and small group study suggestions PLUS a ready-made devotional booklet
Praise for Worship Design Studio Series
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Dr. Marcia McFee is a professor, worship designer, author, preacher, and ritual artist. Drawing on a first career in professional dance and musical theater and equipped with a Master's in Theology and a PhD in Liturgical Studies and Ethics, she understands the role of any worship artist in the church as that of creating extraordinary portals through which communities journey with the Spirit.
Dr. Marcia McFee has been known for creating deeply meaningful and memorable worship for over 25 years. In her Worship Design Studio online coaching website, subscribers have access to years of worship series with ideas for every Sunday, designed specifically for mainline Protestant churches with a variety of worship styles!
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