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)

C2W for Easter Sunday Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for Easter Sunday based on Luke 24:1-12, 36-48, “A Way of Life” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

The Call
Christ is risen!
   Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Hear the bells ring out the Good News
(listen as the bell rings)
We are an Easter people,
   Alleluia is our song!
Our lives too ring out the Good News
   by our words and thoughts and actions.
We come today, despite the many other places we could be
   to celebrate our God of Life and embrace the new life only Christ can give!

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Good Friday Prayer Stations

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We’ve traditionally had low attendance for Good Friday services, so a few years ago we moved to holding open Good Friday prayer stations for most of the day. This allows many more people to participate. When you download the PDF of this year’s prayer stations you’ll get all the written materials you’ll need along with signs and a list of other the items for each station.
This year we worked hard to find prayer stations that didn’t need a lot of work to set up and didn’t require things we’d have to go searching for. I expect set-up and tear-down will take less than an hour! These are a compilation of various ideas we’ve found or come up with so you can use freely!

Download the complete Good Friday Prayer Stations PDF here

Check out my past posts for Maundy/Holy Thursday ideas and a fun Easter Sunrise Worship.

Happy Holy Week! God’s got this! And remember, no matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) this week Jesus will rise on Easter morning! TBTG! 😀

I’ll continue to share liturgy and worship resources throughout the year. Be sure to subscribe by clicking the +Follow button below so you won’t miss a thing!

Happy planning!

Maundy Thursday Taize Worship

Maundy Thursday is my favorite worship service of the Christian year! Yes, for me it even tops Christmas Eve and Easter. Jesus knew this was his last chance to show his friends God’s Truth and he does not disappoint! Teaching us what love is, giving us a new covenant open to everyone, sharing one last blessing with those he loved even though he knew they would soon desert him… that’s the good stuff.
This year, we used a Taize style worship for Ash Wednesday and it was so well received we decided to do it again for Holy Thursday. We’ll be holding this worship service around tables in our Community Room with candles and Communion elements on each table. The service includes the song By My Side from Godspell and a poem/reflection on Jesus’ foot washing by Rev. Carol Ferguson.

Download the PDF worship outline here: Maundy Thursday Taize Worship 2019

There’s more Holy Week resources coming.. I’ll be sharing our Good Friday prayer stations soon! Check out my Easter Sunrise worship and be sure to subscribe!

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C2W for Palm Sunday Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the sixth Sunday of Lent, Palm/Passion Sunday based on Luke 19:29-40, 22:14-21, 33-34, “Perfection Not Required” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

This Call to Worship has been adapted from  Rev. Christine Sobania Johnson’s Short Litany as Holy Week Begins, posted on her blog, Freshly Squeezed Liturgy

O God, today we come to cheer Jesus on as our champion and hail him as our hero.
   Forgive us tomorrow when our enthusiasm wanes. 
Today we have entrusted you to rescue us from our pitiful circumstances.
   Forgive us on Tuesday when we decide we can take care of ourselves. 
Today we make you the centerpiece of our very existence.
   Forgive us on Wednesday when we forget to remember who you are. 
Today we call out to you loudly by name.
   Forgive us on Thursday when we pretend that we’ve never met you. 
Today we stare at you with the star struck eyes of fans and groupies.
   Forgive us on Friday when we avert our eyes because it’s too painful to see you on the cross. 
Today we express our unsuppressed hopefulness in the future you have in store for us.
   Forgive us on Saturday when we believe all is lost. 
Today we are boldly certain of the earthly ways you will redeem us.
   Restore us on Sunday when we are startled and awed by your rising.
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Communion Liturgy of Poetry & Song

wildgeeseI recently had the rare joy of attending a worship service where my friend and colleague Rev. Rachel Morse introduced us to a beautiful simple song she had us use as a sung response throughout the liturgy. When I found out it was based on a Wendell Berry poem I loved it even more!

So thanks to Rachel’s inspiration and because April is National Poetry Month, I created another Communion Liturgy using Rev. Amy McCreath’s song, What we need is here that was inspired by the closing line of Wendell Berry’s poem, “The Wild Geese.”

Click here to download the PDF for a Communion Liturgy of Poetry & Song

As Holy Week nears, I’m planning to share a Maundy Thursday Taize service as well as Good Friday prayer stations! Be sure to click the follow button below to subscribe so you don’t miss any of that resource-y goodness!
And be sure to check out my resources from years past for a Kids’ Easter Vigil script, a Palm Sunday Responsive reading (sermon alternative!), and a fun little Easter Sunrise service!

Happy Holy Week Planning!

C2W Lent 5 Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the fifth Sunday of Lent based on Luke 11:1-10, “When It Gets Hard” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

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The Call
God calls us and despite all that has happened this week,
    O God, we are here.
We did not stay on track, we missed the mark more than once but
    O God, we are here.
We missed opportunities to trust you and tried to handle things ourselves but
    O God, we are here.
We fell off the wagon again this week and yet
    O God, we are here!
Our faith may feel stagnant and blasé but
    O God, we are here.
We are here.What we need is here.
    O God, we are ready to receive all that you would give.

 

 

C2W Lent 4 of Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the fourth Sunday of Lent based on Luke 10:38-42, “Mindset is Everything” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

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The Call
God calls us into presence.
    We come ready and willing to work on our faith.
Let us soak up the Love that improves us
    and pulls us from the dark corners of our minds.
For this next hour, let us focus solely on God, practicing our connection 
    so we know how to return to God this week when life brings us down.
Raise our souls and minds, O God, to focus on only what is necessary,
    our connection to You.