Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series

Here is the final Advent series option I’ll be sharing for 2019, and I think I’m the most excited about this one. Probably because this is the one we are using at our church this year! I have always wanted to make the connection between Bethlehem (which means house of bread in Hebrew) and the Christ being the Bread of Life! So here we go!
We’ll be baking special rainbow bread for Advent 1 communion, baking bread in bread machines DURING worship for Advent 3, and sharing our favorite bread recipes as Christmas gifts to each other. As Oprah would say:
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Click here to download the most delicious Advent worship series: House of Bread Advent Series

Below is the graphic we’ll be using for the series as well as the bulletin cover and another cool image I found in my research! If you plan to use this series let me know, I’d be happy to share the Calls to Worship I’ll be writing for each week.

Here is the 4-week Advent Bible study I wrote to accompany this series though it could stand on it’s own as well.

Coming soon will be some Advent Wreath lighting liturgies and more! Be sure to follow the blog so you don’t miss a post! Happy Planning!

Check out my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
All Earth Is Waiting Advent Worship
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series
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All Earth is Waiting Advent Worship Series

Another Advent worship series option! This one is based on Rev. Katie Z. Dawson’s Advent devotional, All Earth Is Waiting: Devotions for the SeasonIt was a wonderful devotional to use for small groups but didn’t require folks be reading along for me to preach on the themes. I loved being able to talk about Creation Care through the season of Advent. We went very woodsy and earthy with our decor. We used recycled materials to make tree ornaments and had animals throughout our displays. 

Click here to download: All Earth Is Waiting Advent Worship Plan
(file includes helpful links to supporting music & videos!)

This was the image we used for advertising and as our bulletin cover image.
Below find Calls to Worship for each Sunday!

Check my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series

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Call to Worship for Advent 1
by Roddy Hamilton

Across the universe creation waits
for the prophets to speak their words of expectation and renewal.
May we gather round them today once more
and let their longing grip us and lead us into birth and blessing.
So come now my friends, this is the meeting place
of promise and prophecy.
Let us listen through the ancient words
that we might be ready to hear a baby’s cry.

 

Call to Worship for Advent 2

A wild man emerges from the wilderness,
“Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!”
A young girl is visited by an angel with the ‘opportunity’ of a life-time,
“God pulls down the powerful and lifts up the lowly!”
The Prince of Peace comes
   disrupting the world in order to heal it. 
Disrupt our hearts again, God
that you would use us to bring the peace of your justice to our earth.

 

Call to Worship for Advent 3

The Good News was proclaimed by heavenly beings
to the shepherds and the sheep.
The Christ broke through to our world
surrounded by the animals of the stable. 
And all of creation rejoices
showing us the glory and splendor of God.

 

Call To Worship for Advent 4
by Roddy Hamilton

Gather round, we have a story to tell of a Giver who reached inside and took a handful of love like a pile of stardust and said: this is for you it is all you need it is all you will ever need there is enough here to change the whole world. Take it.
Many laughed at him, mocked him, and ignored the invitation
but some dared to take it and those who did noticed something about this love,
They found they could do what the gift-giver could do.
They could stand with the lost,
welcome the stranger
eat with the hungry.
   They found themselves doing what the Giver first did to them
giving something of themselves to others, they became like the Giver
offering themselves
and as they offered themselves others took the invitation
and many still do
and many still trust
it is enough to change the whole world.

Fear Not Advent Series

Here’s another sermon series option for Advent! This series looks at the 4 people angels appeared to and said, “Fear not!” This was a fun series for our church because we used lots of angels in our decor and I read a section of the book Probity Jones And The Fear Not Angel by Walter Wangerin to the kids every week for Children’s Time.

Click here to download the worship plan: Fear Not Advent Series Worship Plan
I also have previously posted Calls to Worship for this series which you can find here: Fear Not 1, Fear Not 3, Fear Not 4

Below is the graphic we used to advertise the series as well as my favorite visual image of The Annunciation! Enjoy and happy Advent planning!

Check my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series
All Earth Is Waiting Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series

God is with us      The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

All Saints Remembrance & Great Thanksgiving

allsaintsday_sqThere are many ways churches celebrate All Saints’ Sunday and remember their members who’ve passed away. I’d love to hear about your traditions or new acts of remembrance for All Saints Sunday. Below is a liturgy for All Saints remembrance that segues into a liturgy of Great Thanksgiving for communion.

Click here to download: All Saints Remembrance and Great Thanksgiving 

Comment with your favorite All Saints traditions and share the inspiration!
Happy Planning!

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Get Lit is Now on Facebook!

Screenshot_20191003-101904That’s right, the Get Lit Worship Resources blog you know and love is now on Facebook as well! Everything that gets posted here will show up on the new Get Lit Worship Resources Facebook Page, however some other things will only show up on the Facebook page. I’ll occasionally share a song or link to an article or someone else’s resource just on Facebook, so be sure to head over and like Get Lit Worship Resources so you don’t miss any of that resourcey goodness!

Theology of Mister Rogers Sermon Series

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We had so much fun with our recent sermon series on the theology of Mister Rogers. We kicked it off with the documentary about Fred Rogers called Won’t You Be My Neighbor? We also included a special Sunday Prayer Walk where we had a shortened worship service and then went out to pray for the families in our neighborhood. We also brought out the puppets a la Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for children’s time each week. You can find my original puppet skits here:
Puppet Skit on Loving our Neighbors
Puppet Skit on Feelings
Puppet Skit on Losing
Puppet Skit on Love

Here’s the prayer for illumination I wrote for the series:
God of our global neighborhood, guide us in your Truth and teach us again the lessons we need to learn. Through your loving instruction, may we be good neighbors and follow in the Way of Christ. AMEN

You can download the series plan worship plan here: Theology of Mister Rogers Worship Plan

I hope you enjoy this really meaningful series. Happy Planning!

World Communion Liturgy from Rev. Elizabeth Quick

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World Communion Sunday is this week!!

I love World Communion and this year we’re starting a new series called ‘A Walk in God’s Park’ for the month of October. Luckily my friend and colleague, Rev. Elizabeth Quick, has the perfect communion liturgy! It’s a sung liturgy using the tune of For the Beauty of the Earth and it was written specifically for World Communion Sunday!
Whatever theme you’re going with this week, this liturgy is a lovely way to celebrate World Communion with your congregation. I’ve used several of Beth’s sung liturgies now and every time my congregation says how much they enjoy them. Sot thank you, Beth!
Check out this wonderful World Communion sung liturgy here: bethquick.blogspot.com/2018/09/a-sung-communion-for-world-communion
Happy World Communion and Happy Planning!

Holy Ghost Stories Sermon Series

holy ghost storiesLast year I heard about a pastor doing a long series on Holy Ghost stories in the bible. I loved the idea but wanted something shorter and more experiential. So, I developed a 4-week series on the ways we experience the Holy Spirit. It was a huge hit! I invited different people to share their own Holy Ghost stories during worship which really added to series. We did it as a summer series and tied it to telling ghost stories around the campfire, but it would also work great for an October series leading up to Halloween/All Saints.

Download the complete 4-week worship plan here: Holy Ghost Stories worship plan

Stay inspired! And happy planning!

Puppet Skit on Losing

Here’s another puppet skit we used for the Children’s Time during our Mister Rogers sermon series. This week we focused on learning to be the best loser.

Click here to download the script: Being the Best Loser Puppet Script

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I will be sharing the worship plan for this series as well and one more puppet script so be sure to click the Follow button below!

Happy Planning!