Advent 3C worship pieces

CALL TO WORSHIP Sing out your joy, people of Advent–the day of salvation draws near. Who us? Sing? Dance, children of God, kick your heels together–joy returns. Dance? We don’t dance. Put on your dancing shoes; move with the beat. Join in the chorus, off key or perfect harmony. Rejoice for Emmanuel is here. We…

Advent 2C worship pieces

CALL TO WORSHIP In the midst of violence and terror, we come seeking the presence of the Sacred. Surrounded by voices stoking panic and mistrust, we wait, listening for your Word for us. In confidence we will cast aside all fear, for the Holy One is at work in us, creating us for love and…

Messy Church for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

First of all, a confession. I know Messy Church is a movement of churches doing wonderful work developing family friendly worship experiences. Our small congregation has few families with little kids, but I still find the idea of interactive, intergenerational worship with a focus on arts & faith to be a powerful one worth exploring.…

Listening for a Change

My preaching art journal entry takes its inspiration from correspondence between the church fathers, Jerome and Augustine. Their disagreements had taken a bitter turn and Jerome pens a plea for a truce between the two, suggesting the two “play together harmlessly in the fields of the Scriptures,” Augustine writes back: “as for me, I prefer to…