Good Friday Prayer Stations

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We’ve traditionally had low attendance for Good Friday services, so a few years ago we moved to holding open Good Friday prayer stations for most of the day. This allows many more people to participate. When you download the PDF of this year’s prayer stations you’ll get all the written materials you’ll need along with signs and a list of other the items for each station.
This year we worked hard to find prayer stations that didn’t need a lot of work to set up and didn’t require things we’d have to go searching for. I expect set-up and tear-down will take less than an hour! These are a compilation of various ideas we’ve found or come up with so you can use freely!

Download the complete Good Friday Prayer Stations PDF here

Check out my past posts for Maundy/Holy Thursday ideas and a fun Easter Sunrise Worship.

Happy Holy Week! God’s got this! And remember, no matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) this week Jesus will rise on Easter morning! TBTG! ūüėÄ

I’ll continue to share liturgy and worship resources throughout the year. Be sure to subscribe by clicking the +Follow button below so you won’t miss a thing!

Happy planning!

Maundy Thursday Taize Worship

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!

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All in the Family sermon series

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 all in the familypeople 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.

I’m very excited for the wonderful music we’ve found to support this series. Besides the hymns listed in the worship plan our choir will be singing the follow anthems:
Shed A Little Light by James Taylor for Week 1 РCan’t We All Just Get Along?
God Is Still Speaking by Marty Haugen for Week 2 РWhere Do We Keep the Family Bible?
This Is Me from The Greatest Showman for Week 3 РThe Tattooed
Establish the Work of Our Hands by Porter’s Gate for Week 4 РThe Rich
Christ Has Broken Down the Wall by Mark Miller (W&S #3122) for Week 5 РThe Divorced
A Place at the Table by Shirley Murray & Lori True (W&S ##3149) for Week 6 РWomen Preachers
Draw the Circle Wide by Gordon Light & Mark Miller (W&S #3154) for Week 7 –¬† Same-Sex Marriage

I pray you find this inspirational. Happy planning!

The Gift of Yes – Advent series

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 ‚Äėyes‚Äô and accept this great gift God gives. Our series this Advent will help us consider how we receive and give the gift of ‘yes’.

Download the series worship plan here: The Gift of Yes sermon series

Check my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series
Fear Not Advent Series
All Earth is Waiting Advent Series

Here’s the series graphic for sharing online:
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This will be our bulletin cover image:
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Happy Advent and Happy planning!

C2W for Palm Sunday Real Life Faith series

For Palm Sunday, week 6 of the Real Life Faith series based on John 12:12-13 & 13:36-38
The Call
O Christ we come to worship you,
¬† ¬†knowing we’ve surely denied you at some point this week.
Maybe not in our words but by our actions we have not always claimed you as our Master.
   Still you give up everything for us.
Still the Spirit clings to us and fills us with every breath,
   convicting and forgiving us, loving and leading us along the way.
Be with us this week
   and give us strength to bear witness to your sacrificial love.
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C2W for Real Life Faith week 5

For week 5 of the Real Life Faith series based on John 8:1-11

The Call
O God, sin has been sucking the life out of us all week.
   Forgive us. Renew us.
Jesus tells us, we’re forgiven before we even ask!
   Thanks be to God! Help us to sin no more.
And when we do, forgive us again,
   most gracious God whom we worship this day.
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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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Overwhelmed Sermon Series

Not sure what to preach on for the rest of the summer? Struggling to plan ahead? Drowning in the work of ministry? Feeling overwhelmed? Well, you’re in the right place.

I’m excited to share with you a new sermon series on feeling overwhelmed. I believe offering peace and rest is one of the great gifts The Church can provide for over-worked culture.

Download it here: Worship Plan for Overwhelmed seriesoverwhelmed ad

I’m using this series as a lead-up to the start of school and our ‘Back to Church Sunday’. It seems like a good time to offer words of comfort and hope for those of us who feel chronically overwhelmed. I will definitely be preaching to myself for these 5 weeks!

I will be sharing prayers and a Call to Worship for each week, so stay tuned for more!

I adapted this theme from Rev. Amy Probst at Mafair UMC in Kingsport TN.

I hope this will enrich your ministry! Blessings & Peace to you!

Summer at the Movies Worship Plans

God on Film

Two years ago I decided to do a sermon series using popular movies. I thought it would be a fun series to do during the summer. It worked well during that time when people were in and out of worship because it wasn’t a series where each week built off the one before but it still had a unifying theme. We watched the movies together at church on Wednesdays but I made sure to include enough information about the plot in my sermon so seeing the movie wasn’t a requirement. I would also show the trailer or a clip from the movie for the Children’s Time during worship.

I titled the series Summer at the Movies: Finding God on Film and the overarching theme was that God is everywhere and we can find spiritual Truths in seemingly secular places. We also used all secular songs for our special music during this series. As Rob Bell says, “Everything is spiritual.”

The series went over so well I’m now planning it for the third year in a row! Here are my worship plans for the first two years I did the series. Click on the links below to download. Have fun and enjoy! ¬†¬†Summer at the Movies worship plans