Real Life Faith Testimonials

During the season of Lent, it’s become tradition at our church to share our testimonies in worship. Sharing our stories is the most powerful thing we can do and Lent is a perfect time to include them in worship! I ask different people to prepare their testimony and have them engage with a symbolic act that connects with our theme.

This year, our theme is Real Life Faith, so I’m having each person who shares drop a piece of broken ceramic ware into a garbage can that will be at the base of our large cross. When it drops it will hopefully break even more. Each week the broken pieces will pile up and then after Palm Sunday, an artist in our congregation will take the pieces and create a mosaic design on a flower pot. mosaic planter

On Easter morning, the flower pot will be displayed with an Easter Lily inside symbolizing how God brings new life from our brokenness.

I’m giving each of our speakers the following prompt to help them think about a story they can share that will connect to our theme:

Good morning, I’m _______________________
During this season of Lent, we are getting real about faith. For me, faith… 
(or my relationship with God… continue with a story about a faith struggle or a time when you didn’t get it right but found grace or a second chance.)

Conclude with: “Join me this Lent in giving up shame and guilt. [drop dish into can] Allow God’s grace to fill in your cracks and restore the brokenness of your soul.”


I hope this will inspire you to encourage faith sharing in your congregation!
Happy almost Lent and happy planning!

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Real Life Faith for Lent

Lent begins in just over a week! We’re gearing up for our Real Life Faith series!

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In my last post I shared the series outline for this 6-week look at how faith actually gets lived out in real life. This is the image we’ll be using on our bulletin covers and here is the unison Prayer for Illumination we’ll be using for these 6 weeks:

God of Life, help us know you’re present with us always, with mercies fresh each day. Journey with us and help us grow in faith so our lives will better reflect the love of Christ, in whom we live and pray. AMEN

I’ll be posting a Call to Worship for each Sunday in the weeks ahead so stay tuned and happy planning!

Real Life Faith series for Lent

real life faith2Faith 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.

Download the series outline here: Real Life Faith Sermon series

Happy planning!

New Series on Friendship (& Invitational Discipleship)

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.

Download the series outline here: Invitational Discipleship Series

Happy planning and happy friending!

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C2W for Overwhelmed by the World

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the last week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by the world and our scriptures are John 3:16-17 & 16:33.

The Call
God calls us to worship
   and we come with images of fires and floods in our minds,
with hurting and worry in our hearts,
   overwhelmed by all the bad news.
God calls us to worship to remind us goodness and life will always win
   and God has already conquered this world.
God calls us to worship to revive us
   for being agents of peace and justice in all places.
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C2W for Overwhelmed by Clutter

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the fourth week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by clutter and our scriptures are Romans 12:1-2 and Ephesians 3:14-19.
The Call
God calls to us from beyond our cluttered thoughts
   to a quiet place away from our cluttered lives.
God calls just for us,
   we don’t need any of our stuff.
God calls us to calm our overwhelm and guide us step by step
to create peaceful order in our world.
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C2W for Overwhelmed by Busyness

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the third week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by busyness and our scripture is Luke 10:38-42, the story of Mary and Martha.

The Call
We come today, busy
   with full schedules and furrowed brows.
We come here to worship
   in between the family gatherings and errands
this is just one thing on our list for today.
   Slow us down God.
Remind us that for now, only one thing is needed
   to be still in your presence.
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