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In a previous article in the Christian Citizen, I shared my experience as a pastor in Seattle, detailing how quickly COVID-19 has impacted our community and especially our church in an eight-day timeframe. For this article, I’d like to share some tips and practices for planning worship and pastoral care.
Planning Worship: cancelling a […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42
Narrative Lectionary: Parables in Mark, Mark 4:1-34 (Psalm 126)
The second of the servant songs of Isaiah, the prophet speaks as Israel, collectively as one in 49:1-7. The prophet speaks poetically of how God has known Israel long before Israel knew themselves as […]
Need a Sunday off? Need a creative idea instead of a sermon?
For Labor Day, I’ve designed a Prayer and Reflection service. I have printed the scriptures listed below as an insert in the bulletin, and I will hand out colored pencils. We will read the scripture out loud and invite the congregation to underline, […]
Praying While Moving Your Feet: A New Way of Sorrow/Way of Hope
Prayer Stations of Action
These prayer stations are designed, sadly, to be used after another incident of gun violence, because we continue to have them. I’m fed up with writing prayers after these events where children die, so I wanted to create […]
Resources for All Saints Day included below.
Revised Common Lectionary: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 or Isaiah 1:10-18; Psalm 32:1-7 or Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10
All Saints Day: Daniel 7:1-3; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31
Narrative Lectionary: God’s Care for the Widow, 1 Kings 17:1-24 (Luke 6:24-26)
This passage from Habakkuk (also […]
A few years ago I wrote this prayer for Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday. I have since expanded it and have shared it with the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America to be used in their resources. Feel free to use in your congregation or community service.
God of Deborah and Samuel,
Here is an additional Call to Worship for Thanksgiving Sunday:
Call to Worship (from Psalm 111)
Praise the Lord!
We will give thanks to the Lord with our whole heart!
Great are the works of the Lord,
Wondered by all who delight in God.
Full of honor and majesty is […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Ruth 1:1-18 or Deuteronomy 6:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24 or Psalm 119:1-8 or Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14 or Revelation 21:1-6a; Mark 12:28-34 or John 11:32-34
Narrative Lectionary: Kingdom Divided, 1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29 (Mark 10:42-45)
I have included the options for All Saints Day in with the selections for the 23rd […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 or Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22 or Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52
Narrative Lectionary: David Anointed King, 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 6:1-5; Psalm 150 (Mark 11:8-10)
We come to the end of our four-part series from Job, and Job’s response after God finally answers him is to repent. Not […]
Release Date: October 8th, 2019