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!
Happy (almost) Holy Week! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, known for fasting, penance, and contemplation. This year for Lent, we’re getting our souls in shape with my series called Cross Fit Faith. This Ash Wednesday service compliments that series but can also stand on its own.
Ash Wednesday already tends to be contemplative so I thought it would a great opportunity to introduce our congregation to Taize style worship. I’m planning on leading this simple service on guitar and we won’t use any bulletins, hymnals, or screens as these tend to be more distracting than helpful in this style of worship.
Click to download the service outline here: Ash Wednesday Taize Worship 2019
I will continue to post liturgies, calls to worship, and prayers for the Cross Fit Faith series. Be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss a post!
Happy almost Lent! And happy planning!
This 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!
Need a Sunrise worship service? Look no further! This is a short, simple, and fun Easter sunrise worship service. Music can be done with guitar, piano, or a cappella. I have loved sharing Cynthia Rylant’s poem every year but the best part is ending the service with a rousing rendition of Joy to the World! (Trust me, it works. And it’s awesome!)
Download the bulletin PDF here: Easter Sunrise Worship (print doubled sided and cut in half)
Click here for the poem God Dies by Cynthia Rylant.
Blessing for a joyful Resurrection Day!