All Saints Remembrance & Great Thanksgiving

allsaintsday_sqThere are many ways churches celebrate All Saints’ Sunday and remember their members who’ve passed away. I’d love to hear about your traditions or new acts of remembrance for All Saints Sunday. Below is a liturgy for All Saints remembrance that segues into a liturgy of Great Thanksgiving for communion.

Click here to download: All Saints Remembrance and Great Thanksgiving 

Comment with your favorite All Saints traditions and share the inspiration!
Happy Planning!

 

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Get Lit is Now on Facebook!

Screenshot_20191003-101904That’s right, the Get Lit Worship Resources blog you know and love is now on Facebook as well! Everything that gets posted here will show up on the new Get Lit Worship Resources Facebook Page, however some other things will only show up on the Facebook page. I’ll occasionally share a song or link to an article or someone else’s resource just on Facebook, so be sure to head over and like Get Lit Worship Resources so you don’t miss any of that resourcey goodness!

Theology of Mister Rogers Sermon Series

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We had so much fun with our recent sermon series on the theology of Mister Rogers. We kicked it off with the documentary about Fred Rogers called Won’t You Be My Neighbor? We also included a special Sunday Prayer Walk where we had a shortened worship service and then went out to pray for the families in our neighborhood. We also brought out the puppets a la Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for children’s time each week. You can find my original puppet skits here:
Puppet Skit on Loving our Neighbors
Puppet Skit on Feelings
Puppet Skit on Losing
Puppet Skit on Love

Here’s the prayer for illumination I wrote for the series:
God of our global neighborhood, guide us in your Truth and teach us again the lessons we need to learn. Through your loving instruction, may we be good neighbors and follow in the Way of Christ. AMEN

You can download the series plan worship plan here: Theology of Mister Rogers Worship Plan

I hope you enjoy this really meaningful series. Happy Planning!

World Communion Liturgy from Rev. Elizabeth Quick

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World Communion Sunday is this week!!

I love World Communion and this year we’re starting a new series called ‘A Walk in God’s Park’ for the month of October. Luckily my friend and colleague, Rev. Elizabeth Quick, has the perfect communion liturgy! It’s a sung liturgy using the tune of For the Beauty of the Earth and it was written specifically for World Communion Sunday!
Whatever theme you’re going with this week, this liturgy is a lovely way to celebrate World Communion with your congregation. I’ve used several of Beth’s sung liturgies now and every time my congregation says how much they enjoy them. Sot thank you, Beth!
Check out this wonderful World Communion sung liturgy here: bethquick.blogspot.com/2018/09/a-sung-communion-for-world-communion
Happy World Communion and Happy Planning!

Holy Ghost Stories Sermon Series

holy ghost storiesLast year I heard about a pastor doing a long series on Holy Ghost stories in the bible. I loved the idea but wanted something shorter and more experiential. So, I developed a 4-week series on the ways we experience the Holy Spirit. It was a huge hit! I invited different people to share their own Holy Ghost stories during worship which really added to series. We did it as a summer series and tied it to telling ghost stories around the campfire, but it would also work great for an October series leading up to Halloween/All Saints.

Download the complete 4-week worship plan here: Holy Ghost Stories worship plan

Stay inspired! And happy planning!

Puppet Skit on Losing

Here’s another puppet skit we used for the Children’s Time during our Mister Rogers sermon series. This week we focused on learning to be the best loser.

Click here to download the script: Being the Best Loser Puppet Script

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I will be sharing the worship plan for this series as well and one more puppet script so be sure to click the Follow button below!

Happy Planning!

Puppet Skit on Feelings

Here’s the next installment of Mister Rogers themed puppet skits. This week we’re talking feelings and I’ll be using this video as part of my sermon as well.

Download the puppet skit script here: Feelings Puppet Script

I’ve gotten a couple requests to share the topics and scriptures for our Mister Rogers series so I’ll be posting the worship plan soon! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it or the future puppet scripts!

Happy planning and wherever you are, make it a beautiful day in your neighborhood!

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Prayer Walk

As part of our series on the lessons of Mister Rogers, we took this past Sunday to pray for Slide10our neighbors. We divided up into teams to pray for all the families in our village and school district. Four teams walked different routes through the village as we prayed for the families in the homes we passed, while others prayed over maps of the other parts of the school district. We ended the morning with a potluck back at the church.

It was a holy and Spirit-filled morning of worship! You can watch a recap video of the day here: https://youtu.be/IPaYKZBEnUQ

We used prayer sheets to guide the walkers and map-prayers. I took screen shots from Google maps and printed them so that every part of our school district got prayed over and then each walking group and each person praying over a map got a prayer guide. You can download the each version of the prayer guide here:
Prayer Walk Instructions and Prayers
Praying Over Maps – Instructions and Prayers

These are the instructions I shared during a shortened worship service before the walk:
“This idea has been done before in other neighborhoods and it was inspired for me
by Rev. Martha Grace Reese author of Unbinding the Soul. Her advice for doing a prayer walk is to first, ‘Ask God, which route you should take today.’ There are going to be 4 walking routes through the village. We also have maps here of the rest of the parts of the district and written prayers and instructions for people to pray over the outlying areas. So be in prayer about which of these options God is leading you towards today. And as you walk or trace the streets on a map, ‘Pray for each of the houses and schools, the families and visitors. If you’re walking some pray for the right side of the street others pray for the left. Walk quietly together and “think” your prayer to God. You might ask Jesus to walk through the neighborhood with you. (He’s already doing it but asking may help you to realize it!) Pray for God’s presence, peace, and protection to blanket the area. Pray that the neighborhood will be infused with Christ’s presence. If people come out and talk with you, you could mention that you’re from WPUMC on Collins St. and that you’re doing a prayer walk around the neighborhood. Ask them if there’s anything specific they’d like you to pray for.’ If you talk with anyone be sure to invite them to join us for lunch around 11! And if they come be sure to sit with them and get to know them.
If while walking, you see an opportunity to bless someone, do it! (Wave, smile, help someone unload their groceries, etc. When we’re done, come back here for the potluck! Sit with different people than the ones you walked with and talk about how you experienced the time and the prayer. What did you see or notice that you hadn’t before? Any God sightings?”
Our hope is that every church will intentionally pray for all the families in their neighborhood on a regular basis. Hope these resources help your church reach out in prayer.

Puppet Skit on Loving our Neighbors

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I’m so excited about our fall series this year! We’re turning to childhood icon, Mister Rogers for inspiration as the kids go back to school. Since we’re channeling all things Mister Rogers Neighborhood, I thought it was the perfect time for puppets! For the month of September we’ll be doing puppet skits for our children’s time! But as I scoured the internet for a puppet skit I could adapt, I was shocked to find nothing usable. Once I accepted that I would just need to write some puppet skits, I also decided I might as well share them in hopes when the next poor pastor goes googling she’ll find something halfway decent. I’ll be sharing them week by week so be sure to subscribe below so you don’t miss the rest!

Loving our Neighbors Puppet Script (click here to download)