Worship Reflections

re:Vision - Putting 'Contemporary' Back Into the Worship Space



Putting 'Contemporary' Back Into the Worship Space By Rev. Jeremy Lawson Last Summer, Clayton First UMC had to come to grips with an ugly and unfortunate reality about our contemporary worship space: There was nothing contemporary about it.   Between the outdated video screens, the fluorescent lights glaring overhead, and the basketball goals that were a permanent reminder that we were worshiping in a gymnasium, to say that our Connections contemporary service ...

1st Impression Survey from the Church We Visited Sunday


It was really good to have you at Harvest this week. I hope you enjoyed the service. I don't know if you're looking for answers, a church home, or just passing through. Whatever the case, I'm glad you chose to check us out.   We think church should be a fun practical place to get the answers we need for life and help us grow in a relationship with God. Helping people connect with God is what Harvest is all about.   By the way, as a first-time guest, you have a special point of view that we are ...

Great Ideas for Sermon Series


  Bill Burch and his team at Sam Jones Memorial UMC in Cartersville has come up with a great Sermon series!  

Create a worship service flowchart


From UMCOM: Smoothly flowing worship is crucial to your church service. Learn how to coordinate pastors, liturgists, worship and multi-media teams to avoid awkward or distracting moments. The tips below can prevent you from playing the role of anyone in the embarrassing story below. A prayer answered! Sally, a young mother in her late 20s, had been attending a nearby United Methodist church for several months. While her joy increased, so did her prayers that her husband, Tom, would join her ...

Buried Power


Mike Morgan preached on Easter with red "buried power" flags all over the church lawn. It created lots of questions and he made the point that Easter is about Buried Power. He encouraged each person to pick one up and share the story of Buried Power during the week.

Attendance has Grown 30 Percent at Salem UMC


Salem UMC in Covington was featured in this week's Romans 12 e-newsletter from the General Board of Discipleship. Attendance has grown 30 percent in the last year. The church praise band and worship coordinator complement rathan than compete with the traditional musicians and traditional worship service. Read the article at¬oc=1.

I'm Not a Christian, but I'm Coming to Your Church This Sunday


"The Resurgence" website ( introduces the person who may show up at your church this Sunday. Thanks to Bob Winstead for sharing.  Want feedback on your church from the perspective of a first-time visitor? Sign up for a Mystery Worshiper at

Summer Sermon Series at McEachern UMC


Check out the theme and "Guitar Hero"-inspired artwork of the summer sermon series at McEachern UMC.

The Easter Offering Plate


With so many more people in worship on Easter Sunday, why isn't the offering any bigger? Horizons Stewardship gave a simple answer in this month's enewsletter. Click here to download the pdf To read articles on other stewardship ideas and topics, Horizon's website is

Marcia McFee's Advent E-Newsletter


Marcia McFee's e-newsletter is excellent! Check it out at

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