Overwhelmed Series Prayer for Illumination

Here is the unison prayer for illumination we’ll be using for our Overwhelmed sermon series:

God of all, open our hearts and minds to find your Truth in all places. Teach us your unforced rhythms of grace that our lives might reflect your Wisdom. With Christ as our guide we live and pray. AMEN

And here is the image I made for us to use on our bulletin covers:

overwhelmed cover

Happy planning!

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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

Call to Worship for New Years Day

The Call adapted from Psalm 8 in The Message
God, brilliant Lord,
   yours is a household name.
Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
   toddlers shout songs that drown out enemy talk 
   and silence atheist babble.
I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way? Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light.
   You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
repeated to us your Genesis-charge, Made us lords of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, Birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps.
   God, brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world.