The Worship Associates Team is a committed group of lay leaders who are meaningfully involved in the planning, creation and performance of each Sunday’s worship service. Each Sunday, a member of the team opens our service with the Call to Worship: a personal story, a poem, or prose they have created and then present. They make us laugh, make us cry, and crack open the sermon theme in surprising and heartfelt ways. What you see on the chancel is the result of hours of creativity, preparation, and practice.
Each April, an application process begins for the upcoming church year (September through May).
- Appearing on the chancel 3 to 4 times during the year.
- Meeting one-on-one with Rev. Justin Schroeder, two weeks before appearing on the chancel, in order to discuss the sermon theme and the particular slant of that Sunday’s sermon.
- Writing and editing a Call to Worship.
- Practicing reading from the pulpit.
- Participating in three half-day retreats where associates and the worship team discuss the state of the church, upcoming sermon themes, experimenting with writing for oration, and practicing performance skills.
Apply to Be a Worship Associate
Every spring, we invite those interested to submit an application to be a Worship Associate during the coming church year. Application information for the 2018-2019 church year will be available here in April 2018.
What Worship Associates Say About Being a Part of this Group
“Being a worship associate has given me a chance to connect with this congregation on a new level. The most rewarding part has been seeing that my words can move others, and hearing from members of the congregation about their connection to my message. Through working to shape the services I have also been able to reflect on my own life and share experiences with my fellow worship associates.” – Adrian Ali Caccamo
“Being a Worship Associate puts me more in tune with Sunday services. Not only do I want to be there to listen to the stories from my fellow WA, but I also connect more with each month’s theme. After I’ve told my stories, I’ve been amazed by the stories other church members share with me.” – Welcome Jerde
“Through this experience I have become braver and stronger in speaking my truth. It feels so good to know that my words have value to other people and that hearing about my experiences help others in our congregation to feel less alone.” – Denise Konen
“I have been speaking in public since I was 12 years old. I do it professionally. But it was always about someone or something else. Being a Worship Associate has given me a chance to speak my truth, to be vulnerable, and to share my heart.” – Ginger Murphrey
“More than anything else I’ve done at First Universalist, being part of the Worship Associates team made me feel a part of this church.” – Marion Dane Bauer
“The worship associate circle expanded my soul in ways that I could not have imagined. Gathering with such a wonderful group has made me feel more connected to the church.” – Benjamin Miles
For additional information, email Rev. Justin Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.