I’m excited for our sermon series this year for Lent! We’ll be spending the season Growing our Faith by encouraging the same level of care we give to our gardens to be given to our faith as well. We’ll be using a song from The Porter’s Gate Worship Project called We Abide We Abide in You to compliment this theme. I’ll also be utilizing the Palm Sunday Responsive Reading I shared a few years ago in place of a sermon on Palm Sunday. I will continue to share communion liturgies and other resources that support this series so be sure you’re following the blog and Get Lit Worship Resources on Facebook so you don’t miss a post!
Download the worship plan pdf here: Growing Faith Worship Plan
You can find lots of other resources for Lent throughout the blog.
Happy almost Lent and happy planning!
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!
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!
Faith is not a picture perfect endeavor. People that strive to follow Jesus don’t always get it right. A lot of time we’re just as a mess as anyone else. Thankfully, God gives us a fresh start every day. Every hour is a clean slate!
This year, for the 6 weeks of Lent we’ll be getting real about our faith at my church. The inspiration for this series came from the music of Godspell. That’s why on the series outline you’ll see a Godspell anthem that connects with the theme however, that is a totally optional part of this series. I’ll be posting a bulletin cover, unison prayer, and calls to worship in the weeks ahead so stay tuned for more lenten resourcey goodness.
Download the series outline here: Real Life Faith Sermon series
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!
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.
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.
God calls to us from beyond our cluttered thoughts
to a quiet place away from our cluttered lives.
God calls just for us,
we don’t need any of our stuff.
God calls us to calm our overwhelm and guide us step by step
to create peaceful order in our world.
Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the third week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by busyness and our scripture is Luke 10:38-42, the story of Mary and Martha.
We come today, busy
with full schedules and furrowed brows.
We come here to worship
in between the family gatherings and errands
this is just one thing on our list for today.
Slow us down God.
Remind us that for now, only one thing is needed
to be still in your presence.
Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the first week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by expectation and our scripture is Micah 6:6-8.
God calls all of us children to rest and worship.
If God’s calling we better look our best!
And not be late!
And the kids better behave.
And don’t forget the food bank donations!
And.. and.. and..
God is calling all of us children to rest and worship.
All God asks is for us to show up, ready to receive and then to go back into the world
to do justice, show mercy, and humbly walk with God.
I also plan on showing this great video from Igniter Media for our Children’s Time: