Liesl Spitz shares 'Our Mother in Heaven,' a creative adaptation of a song from Southern Africa, at our Holy Week Retreat last February.
I’ve always been happier coming up with harmonies than singing solos. Until I stepped into St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, it never occurred to me that my voice might be strong enough to lead a group. There I learned to lead song paperlessly. I relied not only on my voice, but my ability to connect with everyone in the room, to communicate with my body and my eyes, and most of all my willingness to be vulnerable. Leading song doesn’t require a “solo” voice— just practice, and an openness to learn out loud.
Paperless singing helped me to find my voice as a leader. It is not just a style of worship but a way of being church—a way that I could see myself leading as a pastor. Now a student at Yale Divinity School, my vision of ministry is modeling vulnerability that allows a congregation to live and participate in community with their full selves. Openness to awkward silences and wrong notes makes space for the Spirit to move God’s people toward worship—and community—that is all the more meaningful, honest and whole.
- Liesl Smith, seminarian
MMC has conducted almost 40 workshops for over 1,500 participants in the US and Canada. These workshops teach people, including those with no previous musical training, how to lead and even write music that requires no paper. The results have been powerful and have far-reaching implications.
We invite you to join in this transformational work by considering a gift of $50 or more to propel us towards our $10,000 fall fundraising goal. If you are interested in joining MMC’s Circle of Friends with a gift of $500 or more, we will also send you a brand new Advent/Christmas resource exploring Scripture readings for the season and offering suggested paperless songs and liturgy. We invite you to join us through a gift of any size — all contributions make a difference in our ability to provide programming throughout the United States and Canada.