O Holy Communion

Here’s the follow up to my last post. If you’re interested in the phrasing for my Sung Advent Communion to the tune of ‘O Holy Night’, check out this video of our congregation’s first go at it! Many people commented on how much they enjoyed it.

Happy Advent and happy planning!

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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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C2W for Real Life Faith Week 4

For week 4 of the Real Life Faith series based on Luke 15:11-32

The Call
God, we’ve messed up.
   If not this week, at some point in our lives we’ve hurt you.
We’ve run off with your gifts and squandered them.
   We’ve felt entitled to your blessings and jealous of your grace.
But you’re here with open arms,
   running to us while we’re still far off,
welcoming us back, rejoicing over our return.
   Thank you, God. We cannot say thank you enough.
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C2W for Real Life Faith Week 3

For week 3 of the Real Life Faith series based on Matthew 5:13-16
The Call
O God, we’ve worked hard all week
   to be somebody and make something of ourselves.
You call us to worship now
   and here in your presence we are able to just be.
You tell us we’re salt and light, so help us take off our self-made masks
    and just be the salty, bright people you made us to be!
Let’s worship our Creator
   who made us exactly what we need to be.
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