Bible Verses for When You’re Worried

This Sunday we’re talking about worry. There’s a lot we could worry about in our lives but the Bible is full of messages to not worry or be afraid. I thought I’d provide our congregation with a list of just 144 of those verses, so any time we’re feeling worried we can go down the list and be reminded that God has been telling us not to worry for thousands of years. Click here to download the full printable list: when you’re worried bible verses

Happy Planning!

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C2W for Overwhelmed by Worry

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the second week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by worry and our scripture is Matthew 6:25-34.

The Call
The world outside worries us.
   The worlds inside our homes, and our heads, and our hearts spin with anxiety.
Christ call us to the quiet center.
   We come to worship and receive God’s peace.
We come to remember how to trust our Creator.
   Let us worship our God who is caring for us right now.
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C2W for Overwhelmed by Expectation

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the first week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by expectation and our scripture is Micah 6:6-8.

The Call
God calls all of us children to rest and worship.
   If God’s calling we better look our best!
And smile!
   And not be late!
And the kids better behave.
   And don’t forget the food bank donations!
And.. and.. and..
   God is calling all of us children to rest and worship.
All God asks is for us to show up, ready to receive and then to go back into the world
   to do justice, show mercy, and humbly walk with God.

 
I also plan on showing this great video from Igniter Media for our Children’s Time:

Overwhelmed Series Prayer for Illumination

Here is the unison prayer for illumination we’ll be using for our Overwhelmed sermon series:

God of all, open our hearts and minds to find your Truth in all places. Teach us your unforced rhythms of grace that our lives might reflect your Wisdom. With Christ as our guide we live and pray. AMEN

And here is the image I made for us to use on our bulletin covers:

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Happy planning!

Overwhelmed Sermon Series

Not sure what to preach on for the rest of the summer? Struggling to plan ahead? Drowning in the work of ministry? Feeling overwhelmed? Well, you’re in the right place.

I’m excited to share with you a new sermon series on feeling overwhelmed. I believe offering peace and rest is one of the great gifts The Church can provide for over-worked culture.

Download it here: Worship Plan for Overwhelmed seriesoverwhelmed ad

I’m using this series as a lead-up to the start of school and our ‘Back to Church Sunday’. It seems like a good time to offer words of comfort and hope for those of us who feel chronically overwhelmed. I will definitely be preaching to myself for these 5 weeks!

I will be sharing prayers and a Call to Worship for each week, so stay tuned for more!

I adapted this theme from Rev. Amy Probst at Mafair UMC in Kingsport TN.

I hope this will enrich your ministry! Blessings & Peace to you!

Pentecost 2017 Communion Liturgy & Call to Worship

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The Day of Pentecost will soon be here! This year at my church we’re celebrating Pentecost by having a birthday party for The Church! And since we’re having a party we’ve declared June 4th ‘bring a friend to church Sunday’!

I love that Pentecost falls on a Communion Sunday for us this year. Celebrating Holy Communion seems like the best way to remember and celebrate the birth of Christ’s Church. If you’re looking for a Communion liturgy for Pentecost (with modern language) I’ve got you covered: Pentecost 2017 Communion Liturgy

I’ve also included the Call to Worship we’re using below.
Enjoy celebrating the Spirit this Sunday!

 
The Call
The day of Pentecost has arrived!
   And we are all gathered together in one place
ready to remember and celebrate the birthday of Christ’s Church
   and to receive again the gift of the Holy Spirit!
God, bless us that we will truly be Your Church,
   on fire with Your Holy Spirit!
And work through us in all we do as a church
   that we might truly be a gift to the world.

Artwork by Veronica Dimae, “Pentecost,” 2010.  (Australia)

Call to Worship for Extravagant Generosity

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re on ‘Extravagant Generosity’ and I’m using 2 Corinthians 9:1-2, 5-11 as our scriptural focus.

The Call
Our God, Creator and Sustainer of all life
   instructs us to give generously and cheerfully.
We come, giving the funds, time, and gifts God has given us
   cheerfully and without hesitation or pressure,
Trusting that in our upside-down life of the Gospel,
   our wealth is measured not by what we have but what we give away.
We give joyfully as an act of our faith trusting you great God,
   to bless your church, your people, and your creation through our giving.