Last 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!
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! 😀
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Here’s a Call to Worship for the third Sunday of Lent based on Luke 9:18-24 & Matthew 11:28-30, “The The Tools for Success” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.
Jesus calls us saying, ‘If you want to follow me, pick up your cross daily and follow.’
And so we’ve come, leaving our lives behind for this hour.
Jesus welcomes us saying, ‘Let me take your burdens and lighten your load.’
And so we hand over our worries, doubts, and fears to God.
Jesus calls us to leave behind the life we would make for ourselves and receive the life of freedom and joy only God can give.
We are here, trying to give up control, ready to receive the loving care of our
Creator who we worship today.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, known for fasting, penance, and contemplation. This year for Lent, we’re getting our souls in shape with my series called Cross Fit Faith. This Ash Wednesday service compliments that series but can also stand on its own.
Ash Wednesday already tends to be contemplative so I thought it would a great opportunity to introduce our congregation to Taize style worship. I’m planning on leading this simple service on guitar and we won’t use any bulletins, hymnals, or screens as these tend to be more distracting than helpful in this style of worship.
Click to download the service outline here: Ash Wednesday Taize Worship 2019
I will continue to post liturgies, calls to worship, and prayers for the Cross Fit Faith series. Be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss a post!
Happy almost Lent! And happy planning!
Health and fitness has become its own culture and much like the Church, these programs seek to help people tackle the challenges of personal growth and improvement. Any good plan will tell you it’s not a quick fix, it’s not a diet, but learning a new way of life that often means unlearning old habits and beliefs.
Lent is the perfect time to train in our faith. This series approaches the journey of spiritual growth like a health and fitness plan for the soul. Using the theme of ‘taking up our cross daily’ and following Jesus, we’ll be exploring daily practices for spiritual growth while balancing Christ’s call to bear our crosses with his promise that his ‘yoke is easy’ and his ‘burden is light’.
Download the entire 7-week worship plan here: Cross Fit Faith Lenten Worship Plan
To compliment this worship series, all of our Bible study groups will be reading Juan Huertas’ daily devotional, The Sanctuary for Lent 2019.
We’ll also be using SALT Project’s Family-Friendly Lenten Devotional, Breaking the Chains during our Family Faith Nights.
I will continue to post liturgies, prayers, Calls to Worship, and more related to this theme. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the resourcey goodness!
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 people 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 – Can’t We All Just Get Along?
God Is Still Speaking by Marty Haugen for Week 2 – Where Do We Keep the Family Bible?
This Is Me from The Greatest Showman for Week 3 – The Tattooed
Establish the Work of Our Hands by Porter’s Gate for Week 4 – The Rich
Christ Has Broken Down the Wall by Mark Miller (W&S #3122) for Week 5 – The Divorced
A Place at the Table by Shirley Murray & Lori True (W&S ##3149) for Week 6 – Women 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!
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 ‘yes’ 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:
This will be our bulletin cover image:
Happy Advent and Happy planning!
This year, I’m excited to be bringing back the tradition of a Hanging of the Greens worship service. Whether your church dedicates a Sunday service to this tradition every year or you’re looking to give it a try, I’m happy to share an order of worship that explains aspects the season of Advent as well as our traditional decor.
Feel free to use or adapt this service to your congregation’s needs. (click below to download the PDF)
Hanging of the Greens Worship Order – Rev. Turnpenny
I’m also excited about our Advent series this year which I will be sharing here soon, so be sure to subscribe!
O God, we’ve worked hard all week
to be somebody and make something of ourselves.
You call us to worship now
and here in your presence we are able to just be.
You tell us we’re salt and light, so help us take off our self-made masks
and just be the salty, bright people you made us to be!
Let’s worship our Creator
who made us exactly what we need to be.
God, we’ve been going in circles all week.
We can’t get these worries out of our head.
But you call us to worship now, to refocus on You;
Your love that is never in debit and your grace that knows no limit.
Your mercies are new each morning!
Remind us we start each day with a clean slate.