Worship Services

READ THESE FIRST

Why — and How — to Lead a Memory-Care Worship Service

SEC Worship Services: FAQ and Best Practices

Nondenominational Worship Service: Items You May Want to Use

Links below are simply to give you an idea of what I’m talking about; I am not endorsing any particular brand or product.

  • Raised bedside table to serve as an “altar”
  • Colored cloth (to cover the table) that corresponds to a liturgical calendar; typically, that means green for Ordinary Time, white for Christmas, purple for Lent, and so on
  • Freestanding, unbreakable cross (i.e., metal or wood)
  • Traditional-looking Bible
  • Electric candles (any size)
  • Small singing bowl for end of service (closing blessing)
  • Worship Service Hymnal (for use with SEC services)

Worship Services

General Themes

Abide

Community

Baptism/Water

Beauty

Blessing

Loyalty (Chinese New Year 2018)

Discovery (Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day)

Faith

Family

Friendship

Justice (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday)

Suffering

Transformation (Transfiguration / Valentine’s Day)

Wisdom

Work (Labor Day)

Lent and Easter

Ash Wednesday

Lent 1: Repentance & Forgiveness

Lent 2: Humility

Lent 3: Charity

Lent 4: Prayer

Palm Sunday

Good Friday

Easter

Pentecost

Coming Soon

Mother’s Day

Father’s Day

Memorial Day

July 4

Advent and Christmas Eve services

Acknowledgements

I am indebted to Chad Federwitz and previous chaplains at Balfour Cherrywood who developed the basic structure for these nondenominational services. I have modified them with different themes, readings, hymns, and interactive homilies.