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Bringing worship to life with the five senses

Fruit-flavored candy to symbolize the fruits of the Spirit; a bag of potato chips handed through the congregation with the admonition “you can only eat one,” to model restraint; trinket compasses handed out to emphasize the search for truth; these are some of the ways Spring Valley Community Church in Allendale, Mich., has engaged multiple senses to bring worship to life. Spring Valley founder Randy Weener discusses the concept of multisensory worship, and how congregations can foster it, in an interview conducted by Joan Huyser-Honig for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which promotes worship renewal in the Trinitarian tradition. 

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