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Refugee Awareness

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Children's Message, Immigration/Refugees, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Refugee Awareness

In response to the UN’s World Refugee Day (6/20), mindful that 1 in 110 people in the world is currently displaced for one reason or another, and in conversation with Scripture, our church held Refugee Awareness Sunday on 6/23/2019.  Here is an outline of our liturgy to inspire you and to be adapted for your setting. Words for Contemplation: “As far as I could tell, the world was not going to stop producing refugees. The plain, irreducible fact of good people being made nomad by the millions through all the kinds of horrors this...

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Wilderness in a Bag

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Arts, Children's Message, Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Wilderness in a Bag

I am always looking for ways to “extend the sanctuary”…always looking for ways to extend worship for individuals and families into Sunday afternoon and the rest of the week.  Fortunately, Lent is such a rich season and provides many symbols and opportunities to do just this! On the first Sunday in Lent 2017 I planned the following for our Children’s message: I took some all purpose sand (about $2.50 for 50# lb bag) and: 1) I poured one whole 50 bag onto a tarp at the front of the church to make a small wilderness area;...

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Light the Candle!!!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Advent, Arts, Children's Message, Christmas, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Light the Candle!!!

Below is an Advent wreath liturgy written for a Christmas Eve family/early service using Isaiah 9:2-7.  It gives children and adults alike a chance to shout in church and celebrate the birth of the Christ-child.  Fun, simple and meaningful. One: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. RESPONSE: [SHOUT] Light the candle!! One: [LIGHT PURPLE CANDLE #1] A light has shined on those living in deep darkness. RESPONSE: Light the candle!! One: [LIGHT PURPLE CANDLE #2] You have made the nation great; you have increased its joy....

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Yes, you can go there!

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in Children's Message, Invitation/Hospitality, Slideshow | 0 comments

Yes, you can go there!

As a child, our church’s sanctuary was not a place of mystery or wonder for me, but a place of prohibition.  DON’T touch the organ!  DON’T go behind the pulpit.  DON’T ever touch the altar.  As it turned out, the unapproachable sanctuary translated for me into a feeling that our pastor, and God, were unapproachable too.  To be fair, that was not the intention of my church or its leaders and I know they would be horrified to hear that.  Fostering a sense of the holy, creating a sanctuary space, and keeping the sanctuary...

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Through the Church Year

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Advent, Benediction, Children's Message, Christmas, Easter, Epiphany, Lent, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Through the Church Year

Below is a detailed liturgy for a single Sunday morning service that walks a congregation through the entire Church calendar from Advent through Reign of Christ.  Through Word, explanation, and song, this service is a worshipful way to educate and to help a multi-generational congregation to participate in the rhythms and patterns of the liturgical year.  It was originally used in 2006 for a United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts. (Note: *= Stand as you are able)  Order of Worship  Prelude & Meditation Time Greetings,...

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Connected: Web of Yarn

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Arts, Children's Message, Scripture/Readings, Sermons, Slideshow | 0 comments

Connected: Web of Yarn

Here is an exercise that uses balls of yarn to illustrate community/unity/oneness/body of Christ by physically connecting a worshiping congregation.  It could be used:  as an illustration for a children’s message as an illustration during a sermon about community as part of  reading Scripture (e.g. Romans 12:4-5, John 17:21, Psalm 133:1) Your idea here:________   Procedure: Get some balls of yarn (inexpensive/used/donated).  Hard to say how many for your setting, but you will need enough yarn to weave back and forth throughout the...

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Bass Drop

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Children's Message, Communion and Baptism, Music, Pentecost, Slideshow, Transitions | 0 comments

Bass Drop

First things first.  WHAT’S A BASS DROP?  Well, it’s an EDM (electronic dance music term) used to describe a moment in a song when the bass line rhythm suddenly “drops” or changes.  They are sonic intrusions into the natural flow of a song.  Bass drops, besides being intrusions, also add structure to a song, mark transitions, build anticipation and excitement, reinforce musical themes, and often evoke an emotional/visceral response that lead to people saying things like: “ah, man, that bass drop is sick.”...

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Capturing Lent

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Call to Worship, Children's Message, Easter, Lent, Sermons, Slideshow | 0 comments

Capturing Lent

Cameras are ubiquitous and inter-generational.  Kids have ’em on their tablets and DS’s, teens and adults have ’em on their phones, grandparents and great-grandparents probably have a phone-camera too…if not…they are likely to have one lying around the house.  Why not use them for worship and faith formation? Here is an idea we used during Lent 2015 that you might adapt for your own use (could be used in any season). during Epiphany we advertised a Lenten theme of CAPTURING LENT using logo to the right: we...

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World Communion Sunday: Bread-Gift

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Children's Message, Communion and Baptism, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

World Communion Sunday: Bread-Gift

In 2011, our church began a tradition on World Communion Sunday (1st Sunday in October) of giving BREAD-GIFTS to every family at the end of worship.  The week before the service, we fill gallon size ziptop bags with the following: all of the dry ingredients for a basic french bread dough.  We include enough for 2 standard sized boules (round loafs); the recipe with ingredient list (5 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 2¼ tsp instant yeast, 2 tsp salt, 2 cups warm water) and instructions.  Here it is: a. Pour bread mix from the plastic bag into a...

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“Word-Play” Family Service

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Children's Message, Communion and Baptism, Sermons, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

“Word-Play” Family Service

In our church, we hold “Family Services” about four times a year.  These services are held during our normal Sunday morning worship time on the first Sunday of the month when we celebrate Holy Communion.  On these days, we do not convene Sunday School but all ages worship together the whole time (nursery is still available).  This pattern has given us permission every quarter to worship in different ways and to try new things.  Some elements don’t work well.  Some do though, and these often move into rotation within our more...

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