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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   Between the outdated video screens, the fluorescent lights glaring overhead, and the basketball goals that were a permanent reminder that we were worshiping in a gymnasium, to say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 at...

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.

Summer Sermon Series at McEachern UMC


Check out the theme and "Guitar Hero"-inspired artwork of the summer sermon series at McEachern UMC. http://www.mceachernumc.org/

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 www.horizonstewardship.com.

Marcia McFee's Advent E-Newsletter


Marcia McFee's e-newsletter is excellent! Check it out at http://marciamcfee.typepad.com/reflections/2010/11/advent-newsletter.html.

Children's Sermon Origami Idea


I posted a video on YouTube for Charlie Green in Clayton showing him an idea for children's sermon. Take a minute to check it out.

Worship Series: Rated 'M' for 'Mature'


Bill Burch, pastor of Sam Jones UMC in Cartersville, just announced his summer worship series for June and July. Here's what he has to say about Genesis: Rated 'M' for 'Mature' Summer worship series for June and July:   Genesis: Rated ‘M’ for ‘Mature’ For God’s children of all ages. We typically tell the G rated version of the Genesis Bible stories to children. For example, we decorate our nurseries with images of Noah and the ark, and we tell our children cute stories about animals and ...

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