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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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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Call to worship for Intentional Faith Development

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re on ‘Intentional Faith Development’ and I’m using the scripture Philippians 3:12-21 (The Message) as our scriptural focus but this also references Jesus’ words from John 15:1-17 which is the series theme.

The Call

God calls us to worship
   to refresh us for the work of following Christ.
But only one weekly refreshing is not enough!
   We need support.
We need accountability and encouragement
   to remain connected to Christ the vine.
Connect us in our time of worship, God
   and guide us to seek the support we need to continue to grow in you.

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!

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

Call to Worship for Lent 5 A

Call to Worship for Lent 5 Year A based on John 11:1-45, the raising of Lazarus.

The Call

We come together and cry out to God:

    We are sick, we are hurting, we are dying, Lord! Come quick!
Jesus says, “The illness isn’t fatal. I will be glorified through it.”
    But we are in such pain, we can’t go on! Where are you, Lord?
We are in the darkest place, the stench of death surrounds us. We are done.
    “If you had only been here sooner, Lord!”
Jesus weeps and says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Do you believe this?”
    Yes, Lord, we believe! Show us! Work miracles out of our greatest tragedies!
MARTHA-WEEPING

Call to Worship for Lent 4 A

A Call to Worship for Lent 5 Year A based on John 9:1-38, the man born blind

The Call
God has called us to come
   to heal the blindness of our souls.
In our faith our eyes are opened,
   our lives are transformed.
The world will want to know how we have come to see things so differently.
   God make us ready to tell the world about Christ’s healing power.
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Call to Worship for Lent 3 A

Call to Worship for Lent 3 Year A based on John 4:5-30, 39-42, the woman at the well
The Call
We’ve come to the source
   in search of a drink.
God alone gives water that quenches our thirst forever.
    Give us this living water, oh God!
Our souls thirst as we work to follow Christ.
    Fill us so we become a spring bubbling with life!
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