P.A.R.T.S. - Ritual
This covers both corporate rituals (weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc.) and private rituals (spiritual discipline, self-care).
5 things to think about:
- Project: Using the United Methodist Hymnal, go into a sanctuary, if possible, and methodically walk/talk through A Service of Word and Table 1. Discuss possible variations, parts that are crucial and practical concerns like using hand sanitizer, etc. Reflect together on the theology of each section.
- Case study: View this YouTube video.
Patrick Quinn, pastor at Fraser UMC in Huntsville, Alabama, shares his experience and understanding of baptism in the UMC. Discuss:
- Take time to share your or your family’s baptism stories.
- Was there any part of Patrick’s description you had questions about?
- Using the Hymnal, talk through the Baptismal Covenant, including confirmation/welcoming new members. Reflect on the theology of each section.
- What is a sacrament?
- What is the role of the pastor in baptism?
- Fun/discussion: Studio C has a hilarious skit about weddings and funerals. Watch it for fun. Discuss:
- Which do you prefer conducting? (or think you will) Why?
- How are these important rituals alike and different? What opportunities are present there?
- Briefly look through the corresponding services in the Book of Worship, reviewing how both services are conducted.
- Resource: Read how Deacon Peter White outlines some important and straight forward components for a self-care plan. Discuss:
- What sort of spiritual discipline do you practice?
- Which do you do most successfully? Least successfully?
- What are the obstacles that keep us from caring for ourselves?
- Is there one thing you’d like the group to hold you accountable to?
- Contemplation: Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Pause after each phrase for contemplation.
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
- Methodist prayer
- The Upper Room
- Opening questions