“We are what we eat.” Anyone who’s suffering the cumulative effect of too many ice cream sundaes knows that’s true. But when it comes to matters of spirituality and faith, I’d like to suggest, we are what we sing.
How many is too much? How many new songs can you have in a worship service? I know of churches where including a new song in worship is something that is done with some fear and trepidation on the part of the worship planners who also know that a new song can ...
Whatever your committee’s or team’s name or function it is easy to get in a rut, to do things a particular way because that’s the way it has always been done (even if it’s only the second year you have been doing it). So how do you get out of a liturgical rut? How do you discern when a once helpful practice has become unhelpful or when a 100 year old practice needs to be retained? How do you lead your congregation to grow in the area of worship?
The practice of worship says much about who we are as a community, what we believe, and what we value.
Prayers for our enemies are prayers for the wellbeing and ultimately for the salvation of those who oppose and hurt us. They don’t excuse sin nor reduce the need to call attention to injustices of all kinds. However praying for our enemies does align us with God’s kingdom building work.
This kid-friendly litany is intended for use at the beginning of a new church school year.
This is a time of new beginnings and a time to pause, reflect, and take note of the many fears and concerns in the lives of those we worship with and also the ways we are blessed as God’s church and then name those within the context of worship.
On the one hand it isn't the way church has ever been done before... On the other hand 2,000 people are hearing the gospel that may not otherwise attend church.
This is an excerpt from an article written by Joan Huyser-Honig about baptism—which happens once yet takes a lifetime to complete.
Sometimes we need to enact a spiritual reality to really get it.
Ever feel that when everyone is gone on vacation worship goes too?
Why do we still need hymns in a postmodern world? Here are several reasons.
Maybe we should declare a moratorium on all new congregational songs… at least for a few years so we can catch our breath.
If we can worship together, we can work together, we can witness together, and they will know we are Christians by our love.
Including thoughtfully-chosen images in worship may minister to certain people in ways that the rest of the service does not.