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A Time for Transformation

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

This blog post originally appeared at www.marciamcfee.com. Learn more about the worship series at www.worshipdesignstudio.com/scrooge.

October is the month where things start to change in many parts of our country. The weather starts getting colder. Leaves turn their color and begin falling from the trees. Fun fall activities blend in with the rhythm of the school year, and all of a sudden: we realize that all of these changes will bring us into the holidays. For pastors and worship leaders, it's time to start thinking about the Advent/Christmas season. At the end of the crazy year we’ve had—full of natural disasters, human violence and heartbreak—we know it’s time for change, even as we return to the familiar rituals that accompany the end of another calendar cycle and the beginning of another liturgical cycle.

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"The Art of Creating a World"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)
This is an excerpt from Dr. Marcia McFee’s new book [Think Like a Filmmaker © Marcia McFee, 2016]. Find out more HERE.



My own love of creating sensory-rich environments in worship—from the basic to the very complex—is deeply influenced by my time with the internationally-renowned Nikolais Dance Company. Simply using media projection for words alone never crossed my mind. To my thinking, if all we are doing is to project static images and words on a screen, we are just creating a really big bulletin. Yes, it may be informational, but is it artistic and therefore, inspirational? Further, when those who choose images for projection simply pick stock images unrelated to the palette being utilized by the rest of the ritual artists, we can end up with competing art forms that distract, rather than enhance, the main thing... the message.

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August 04, 2016

"Musical Transitions"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re revisiting the concept of transitions, but this time we’re looking at the musical transition as a way to move from one action to the next. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how music can be used to help smooth the flow of worship.
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July 14, 2016

"The Verbal Transition"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re taking a look at the verbal transition, one of the many practices of the verbal artist. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how the verbal arts are used to clarify, beautify, and usher in the elements of your worship.
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July 07, 2016

"Symbols: Drawing Meaning from the Ordinary Stuff of Life"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re taking a closer look at how visual artists use symbol to enrich the texture of worship. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how the visual arts enhance the worship life of your community.
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June 23, 2016

Roles of the Design Team

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re examining the many different kinds of artists who are needed to work together on a film production crew. There are definitely some major similarities between a film design team and worship arts leaders! You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end while you think about how your team works together in preparing and leading worship experiences each week.
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June 02, 2016

"From Story-Tellers to Story-Dwellers"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re digging into how filmmakers see the power of story in bringing people together by offering an unforgettable experience—in much the same way as worship! You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how we love to tell the Story—and why story is such an important tool for navigating the course of our everyday lives.
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May 27, 2016

You Are a Ritual Artist!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re unpacking the idea of what it means to be a ritual artist. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end of this post to guide your own exploration of your identity as a ritual artist.
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March 10, 2016

A Prayer for Holy Week

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

As we journey through Lent towards Holy Week, consider using this prayer as an offering for worship or as a personal reflection on the everyday bravery required to live as people of God, in every season.
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February 25, 2016

The Pace of Worship

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

This article serves as an introduction to the four primal kinesthetic worship patterns that drive each of us in worship and in our daily lives. Which pattern are you? Read to learn about all four types!