Cross Fit Faith for Lent

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Health and fitness has become its own culture and much like the Church, these programs seek to help people tackle the challenges of personal growth and improvement. Any good plan will tell you it’s not a quick fix, it’s not a diet, but learning a new way of life that often means unlearning old habits and beliefs.
Lent is the perfect time to train in our faith. This series approaches the journey of spiritual growth like a health and fitness plan for the soul. Using the theme of ‘taking up our cross daily’ and following Jesus, we’ll be exploring daily practices for spiritual growth while balancing Christ’s call to bear our crosses with his promise that his ‘yoke is easy’ and his ‘burden is light’.
Download the entire 7-week worship plan here: Cross Fit Faith Lenten Worship Plan

To compliment this worship series, all of our Bible study groups will be reading Juan Huertas’ daily devotional, The Sanctuary for Lent 2019.
We’ll also be using SALT Project’s Family-Friendly Lenten Devotional, Breaking the Chains during our Family Faith Nights.

I will continue to post liturgies, prayers, Calls to Worship, and more related to this theme. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the resourcey goodness!

Happy Planning!

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All in the Family sermon series

I developed this 7-week sermon series for our church to help us engage with what can often be some divisive topics. Many people in our churches likely fall into the category of all in the familypeople condemned in the Bible, myself included. We’re ‘All in the Family’ already. So how do we reconcile those condemning scriptures with the message and example of an all-loving Jesus? The first two weeks of this series lay the groundwork for the deeper discussions of tattoos, divorce, wealth, female clergy, and same-sex marriage.
If you’re looking for inspiration on tackling the tough issues in worship, download the worship plan here: All in the Family worship plan

We’ve decked our sanctuary with a chain of paper people and found a similar image for our bulletin cover. I’m planning on having us sing We Are Family at least once before the series is over! Bringing some fun into worship is always awesome but especially important for a series like this.

I’m very excited for the wonderful music we’ve found to support this series. Besides the hymns listed in the worship plan our choir will be singing the follow anthems:
Shed A Little Light by James Taylor for Week 1 – Can’t We All Just Get Along?
God Is Still Speaking by Marty Haugen for Week 2 – Where Do We Keep the Family Bible?
This Is Me from The Greatest Showman for Week 3 – The Tattooed
Establish the Work of Our Hands by Porter’s Gate for Week 4 – The Rich
Christ Has Broken Down the Wall by Mark Miller (W&S #3122) for Week 5 – The Divorced
A Place at the Table by Shirley Murray & Lori True (W&S ##3149) for Week 6 – Women Preachers
Draw the Circle Wide by Gordon Light & Mark Miller (W&S #3154) for Week 7 –  Same-Sex Marriage

I pray you find this inspirational. Happy planning!

Kid Friendly Christmas Eve

istockphoto-1035011946-612x612It’s become common for churches to provide an earlier, kid-friendly Christmas Eve worship service. This year we’re doing our kid-friendly service at 4pm and I was excited to find a wonderful script that tells the Christmas story from the perspective of Michael the mouse. I’ve adapted this script from Cloth for the Cradle: Worship resources and readings for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany, from the Wild Goose Worship Group. My adapted script only requires one reader but allows for audience participation! Check out this delightful story as well as my full order of worship for inspiration. Click the links below to view the files.

Michael Mouse from Cloth for the Cradle – Christmas Eve interactive reading
An Order of Worship for Family Friendly Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas & Happy Planning!

Sung Advent Communion Liturgy

I’m quite excited the inspiration for a sung communion liturgy came in time for Advent 1! Feel free to use or adapt and let me know if I can clarify any of the phrasing. The congregation will sing the bolded words.

O Holy Night
Sung Advent Communion to the tune of ‘O Holy Night’
(Tune: CANTIQUE DE NOEL)

O Holy God, your grace and love surround us
we lift our hearts to give you our praise.
You gave to us the earth and all that’s in it
you blessed us, but we were led astray.

   A thrill of hope our weary world rejoices
   For yonder breaks a new glorious morn

Hope is alive!
O hear the angel’s message,
“Do not be afraid
for the Christ will be born.
Eman-u-el
God with us, Emanuel!”

Christ came and taught us to love one another
   His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for all slavr’y be over
And in His name all oppression shall cease

   Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
   Let all within us praise His holy name

Hope is alive!
We join the angel chorus,
“Do not be afraid
for Christ is born.”
Our savior has come!
God’s great gift for all the world.

Led by God’s grace, he brought his friends together
with glowing hearts to this table they came.
Bread broke like flesh, the cup with wine of heaven
a new covenant made in Christ’s name.

   A thrill of hope our weary world rejoices
   For yonder breaks a new glorious morn

Christ gave his life
to show us how to live.
This is God’s gift
giv’n for all to be received.
O bless this bread and cup
that we too might be blessed.               (music repeats ending)

The gift of hope we shine into the darkness
For we shine forth God’s new and glorious morn

   We fall on our knees
   and join the angel voices
   O Christ divine
   Thank you God for Christ your son
United in Christ
   We are Christ for the world.

Text: Corey Turnpenny, 2018
O Holy Night A Sung Communion Liturgy for Advent is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

The Gift of Yes – Advent series

As I was preparing for Advent, I was struck by the various characters in the Christmas story and how they all gave us a great gift by saying “yes” to God. God gave us all the greatest gift in becoming one of us. But just like an unopened gift, we have to say ‘yes’ and accept this great gift God gives. Our series this Advent will help us consider how we receive and give the gift of ‘yes’.

Download the series worship plan here: The Gift of Yes sermon series

Here’s the series graphic for sharing online:
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This will be our bulletin cover image:
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Happy Advent and Happy planning!

Hanging of the Greens Worship

hanging-of-the-greens-2017-webThis year, I’m excited to be bringing back the tradition of a Hanging of the Greens worship service. Whether your church dedicates a Sunday service to this tradition every year or you’re looking to give it a try, I’m happy to share an order of worship that explains aspects the season of Advent as well as our traditional decor.

Feel free to use or adapt this service to your congregation’s needs. (click below to download the PDF)
Hanging of the Greens Worship Order – Rev. Turnpenny

I’m also excited about our Advent series this year which I will be sharing here soon, so be sure to subscribe!

Happy planning!

Easter Call to Worship

Here is the Call to Worship we’ll be using for Easter to cap off our Real Life Faith series. This was written by Thom M. Shuman.

The Call
by Thom M. Shuman

This is the day:
   when tears are wiped away;
   shattered hearts are mended;
   fears are replaced with joy.
This is the day the Lord:
   rolls away the stone of fear;
   throws off death’s clothes;
   goes ahead of us into God’s future.
This is the day the Lord has made:
   death has no fear for us;
   sin has lost its power over us;
   God opens the tombs of our hearts to fill us with life.
This is the day – Easter Day!
   Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

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C2W for Palm Sunday Real Life Faith series

For Palm Sunday, week 6 of the Real Life Faith series based on John 12:12-13 & 13:36-38
The Call
O Christ we come to worship you,
   knowing we’ve surely denied you at some point this week.
Maybe not in our words but by our actions we have not always claimed you as our Master.
   Still you give up everything for us.
Still the Spirit clings to us and fills us with every breath,
   convicting and forgiving us, loving and leading us along the way.
Be with us this week
   and give us strength to bear witness to your sacrificial love.
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