Call to Worship for Passionate Worship

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re looking at passionate worship and I’m using the scripture Acts 2:42-47 as our scriptural focus but this also references Jesus’ words from John 4.

The Call
God we come to worship you
   in Spirit and Truth!
We come to empty ourselves for you.
   Receive our praise and worship, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and fears.
We give all ourselves to you in worship
   so that you will fill us up with your Spirit
and send us out into your world again to continue the work of your kingdom!
   Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!
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Prayer for Illumination for Five Practices series

Here is the prayer for illumination we’ll be using for the series we’re doing based on Robert Schnase’s book The Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsIt references John 15:1-8 which is the theme scripture I’m using for this series.

Prayer for Illumination
God of love, plant us in the soil of your grace. Nurture us in the Truth of your Word, the vine of everlasting life. Enlighten us with the wisdom of your Spirit, which flows through us today and all days. Abiding in Christ we pray. AMEN

Sermon Series on 5 Practice of Fruitful Congregations

This year the leadership team at our church read Robert Schnase’s book The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and 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.

Happy Planning!

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This is the image I designed to be the bulletin cover image for this series.

Easter Sunrise Worship

 

 

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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!

Kids’ Easter Vigil

This Easter Vigil is designed for children and youth. It takes kids through the major events of Holy Week and helps them understand the reason for our Easter celebration. You can make it as complex or simple as you want. We use this vigil to introduce our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Click to download the pdf: Kids Easter Vigil Script 2015

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