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 people 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.
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’.
Faith is not a picture perfect endeavor. People that strive to follow Jesus don’t always get it right. A lot of time we’re just as a mess as anyone else. Thankfully, God gives us a fresh start every day. Every hour is a clean slate!
This year, for the 6 weeks of Lent we’ll be getting real about our faith at my church. The inspiration for this series came from the music of Godspell. That’s why on the series outline you’ll see a Godspell anthem that connects with the theme however, that is a totally optional part of this series. I’ll be posting a bulletin cover, unison prayer, and calls to worship in the weeks ahead so stay tuned for more lenten resourcey goodness.
As United Methodists, our mission is to “Make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.” While that sounds great, few of us know how or feel equipped to ‘make a disciple’. If we really want to help people find a relationship with our Creator then what we can do first is be their friend! So we’re re-framing our mission and breaking it down into 4 parts for this month-long series: Make a friend; Be a friend; Bring a friend; Support a friend.
This year the leadership team at our church read Robert Schnase’s book The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregationsand we wanted to share the great information and inspiration he provides with the rest of the congregation. I decided to use the season of Easter to preach a series on this book. Focusing on these five practices will help us prepare for the big event we had planned on Pentecost. Pentecost is traditionally known as the birthday of The Church so we thought, let’s throw a big birthday party for The Church and use Pentecost as our ‘bring a friend to church’ Sunday!
You can download my worship plan for the series here: Five Practices Worship Plan
I will be posting the prayers and Call to Worships we use in the weeks ahead.