Are you unintentionally sending the message that work has no place in worship? “Leave it at the door and pick it up again on your way out!”
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Psalm 23A Twelve-Week Meditation for Ordinary Time
Rooted and Established in LoveA Series on Faith Practices with Resources for World Communion, All Saints, and Christ the King Sundays
September 30, 2020
Always Lent and Never Easter
As pastors and worship leaders, we do our best to live into the gospel that we proclaim from week to week. It’s a gospel big enough to contain both our laments, our cries, our hopes, and our joys. It’s a gospel that recognizes and acknowledges the brokenness of our world and still finds a way to offer the hope of Easter morning.
Be Not AfraidA Worship Series for Advent with Additional Services for Christmas Eve, Longest Night, the New Year, and Epiphany
November 16, 2018
Story On: The Necessity of Participation in Church and Civic Life
The change of the church season and the participation of the democratic process remind us of the privilege and the call to participate in a greater story being told.
March 26, 2018
Worship That Loves and Cares
It doesn’t matter how many beautiful and well put together worship services you’ve crafted. What truly matters is how you’ve chosen to love and care for those whom God has entrusted in your worshipping congregation.
October 4, 2017
Broken Pieces, Henry, and the Holy Spirit
The powerful work of the Holy Spirit in our places of worship is so incredibly gracious through and through and often times surprises us with unexpected glimpses of God’s grace to the people God loves so dearly.
July 5, 2017
Our administrative committee recently conducted pastoral evaluations which included congregational wide surveys about the general worship life of our church. Most of you are familiar with this and have had something similar done in your own church. I admit I have a love-hate relationship with these evaluations. I love the fact that people, especially people who are usually not vocal, or the regulars standing by the piano to “chat” before I even get off the bench, have a vehicle to share their thoughts and their quiet observations about worship.
March 20, 2017
Steady Worship in Unsteady Times
Every congregation knows what it is to go through some kind of major change or transition. Most of us have experienced transitions between pastors - with vacancy, interim, search and finally call. Many of us have lived through, or rather survived a building renovation - paint chips, fabric samples and floor tiling strewn about while the unabating construction dust makes us feel like we’re permanently living in Ash Wednesday.
October 13, 2016
By His Fatherly Hand
Q. What do you understand by the providence of God?
A. The almighty and ever present power of God by which God upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that
leaf and blade,
rain and drought,
fruitful and lean years,
food and drink,
health and sickness,
prosperity and poverty—
all things, in fact,
come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.
August 2, 2016
It was the first time I’ve ever sat down for this piece. I had all intention to stand up tall and conduct with precision and as much strength as I could muster, but when the choir processed to the front of the sanctuary and took their places, I looked at their faces, seeing the same deep pain I was feeling, reflected in their brimming eyes, and just couldn’t do it. The familiar three measure introduction rang out from the piano and the choral voices came crashing into the room like a wrecking ball on first impact. “Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.
April 11, 2016
CRASH. I rocked back on my heels awkwardly, hoisting a 6 foot long wooden rod parallel to the floor, while avoiding smashing into the dingy closet ceiling or falling on the wax covered, fake foliage littered floor. I balanced the rod at the perfect angle and slowly backed out of the closet. I have a serious love/hate relationship with the banner closet. Yes, it houses the church’s treasured memories- glorious displays of talent and craftsmanship, labors of love woven into the hand-stitched fabrics, artistic representation of the church’s history.
September 8, 2015
Rivers of Song
March 31, 2015
Worship Math: Healthy Practices Add Up
3 minute prelude.
+4 minutes for announcements and call to worship.
+6 minute section of confession and assurance.
+6 songs in the service x 2 minutes each = 12 minutes.
+24 minute sermon.
+7 minute morning prayer.
+8 minutes for deacons announcement, prayer and collection
+15 minutes Lord’s Supper
+10 minutes Baptism
≠ 60-75 minutes for worship