January 2018
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Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Isaiah 60:1

In this issue you will find:

•  new blogs on worship
•  articles and ideas from the archives
•  notice board

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By Chris Schoon

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been called to be a living invitation to worship... Our lives are to serve as a beckoning invitation, declaring “Jesus is here” in such a way that others are invited to come and worship him.  Read more

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Joy: The Missing Ingredient

By Paul E. Detterman

The recipe God has given us is for a life shaped and defined by Joy. Discovering the missing ingredient of Joy will make all the difference between a gooey mess and a melt-in-your-mouth taste of heaven on earth in life as well as in ginger snaps!
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On Giving and Receiving Blessings

By Kevin Adams

How do you end a worship service? It’s not a simple question, is it?  Read more


Trumpets, Tears and Ashes: A Lent Worship Series on Habakkuk

By Ryan Faber

The sermon series on Habakkuk ran the first five Sundays of Lent. On Palm/Passion Sunday and throughout Holy Week, sermons focused on the historical events in the life of Jesus commemorated on those days.
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Service Planning: the Season of Epiphany

By James R. Esther

The Sunday lessons during the Epiphany season center upon events and readings from the ministry of Jesus, all of them concentrating on the seasonal theme: God, in Jesus Christ, personally appeared on earth, revealing himself to us directly rather than through any chosen messenger.  Read more

Good News For All People: Resource ideas for the Sundays after Epiphany

By Alvin L. Hoksbergen

Each service for Sundays after Epiphany should not only speak to those already in the faith but should also be an expression of the outstretched arms of Jesus to a world lost in darkness.  Read more

Word, Prayer, Meal: Where Pastoral Care Begins

By Larry Sibley

Pastoral care is feeding and caring for the people of God, who Christ calls his “sheep” (John 21:15-17).”  Read more


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  • Lift Up Your Hearts Hymnal Mobile App Editions — Do you know that the Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal is available as an iOS and Android app? The free apps include more than 220 public domain hymns. The paid version ($24.99) includes the entire hymnal.
  • Generations Leading and Worshiping Together — Watch and listen to this inspiring and practical discussion on leading worship with youth and adults. This webinar with Marja Fledderus and Syd Hielema includes practical advice on scheduling, building trust, recruiting team members, creating a culture of respect, extending grace, and more!
  • “Patiently” — a setting of Psalm 40 by Greg Scheer is the winning piece of the 2017 Church of the Servant New Psalm Contest. News release, PDF and MP3 files of the new work are accessible here.
  • Role-Based Tips for Inclusive Congregations — The CLC Network provides this free resource to help widen the welcome in your congregation for persons at all abilities.
  • Unity within the Church — A liturgical resource with call to worship, prayers, readings, meditation (sermon notes) provided by The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
  • Worship Drama Scripts — Jeff Barker, professor of theatre at Northwestern College, Iowa, puts together a collection of drama scripts for worship services.

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