Presbyterian Intercultural Network

Worship Services

PIN conference worship is an opportunity to put into practice as much as we can of what we try to teach about making worship inclusive and accessible. A great deal can't be captured on paper - the way that PowerPoint can broaden inclusivity, can't communicate the joy and delight of singing"Dama la mano" (give me your hand") as we pass the peace, the solemnity of a prayer of confession done only with hand movements, the holiness of a wordless communion in which the elements were danced in - but these will contain liturgical material that may not be included on other pages and, we hope, will give you some ideas that you can use.

This service from the 2009 Big Tent pre-conference was created from work done in small groups, each of which was responsible for creating a portion of the worship service using their own imaginations and resources. (For more on that, see the outline of that conference under "Training.")
The PowerPoint is also attached.  While it's a large file and won't tell much about the service, it will show how effectively visuals can be used. 

The 2013 service was enriched by the music of Monir Michael. We were privileged to enjoy music  written and sung by a man well-known as a Christian singer in middle-eastern circles.

In 2015 there were two worship services. For the first, we deliberately used a fairly traditional structure in order to demonstrate how creative and "non-traditional" such a service could be in content and tone. The second reflected that year's particular focus on naming racial issues.

Reflecting the recent addition of Belhar to our Book of Confessions, the 2017 worship made a point of confession newly adopted, the 2017 conference both acknowledged the reality of racism and injustice and emphasized the importance of committing to fight against it.