Reinventing Sunday workshops
Worship included a ritual of remembrance for those who have impacted our faith journey. Colorful leaves gathered from trees near the church provided the symbols for this meaningful ritual.
All songs and prayers projected on the screen were translated into Japanese.
Participants put "The Lord's Prayer" into their bodies
Brad's cousin Jeff Berglund translating during worship. A professor at Kyoto University, Jeff has lived in Japan for over 40 years.
Worship in the style of the Taize community.
The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.
“Go into the world
and be transformed by Christ,
Those are words from
one of the verses of “Go Global”, a song written by Rita and Brad
After the workshop we
put some of what we were taught into practice in 3 worship services over
the weekend. In preparation
for the weekend, especially these services, the members of the church
passed out almost 10,000 flyers to our neighborhood.
Brad led us in each of the 3 services and each was rich, moving
and culturally appropriate as well as challenging us. One was a Taize
style service of singing, scripture reading, prayer, and up to 10
minutes of silent meditation. 10
minutes sounds like a long time, but some of those who attended said it
was the best service they have ever attended. We had 4 visitors at that
service and they stayed 2 hours afterward to chat with members over tea
and cookies. It fit the Japanese culture well.
In all we had 8 first time visitors, who are not Christians, at
the services. We believe
the Lord has opened some new doors of opportunity for us.
Give a prayer of
thanksgiving for Rev. Brad Berglund and his time with us.
Pray for the members of
Grace and Peace,
John and Tomoko
For More Information Contact Brad Berglund
8273 E. Davies Avenue • Centennial, Colorado 80112
Toll free: 877.489.8500 • Phone: 720.489.8073
and Author Brad Berglund Taizé
Taizé-style worship in the Denver area