Posts Tagged "Worship"


I am not a big fan of formulas normally. They are too prescriptive and too … formulaic ?  I found a formula recently that I really liked. It connected with me so I decided to share it with Sunday School, Church Council, a pastor’s group and a seminary class. Is this a formula for success? Not everyone thinks so! Focused Intensity – over Time – multiplied by the ‘God’ factor I always pay...

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Something funny has happened in the past month. I have been told by somebody that each element of our Sunday gatherings is their favorite … and somebody else’s least favorite. Passing of the Peace Music and Singing Prayer Sermon Conversation Communion Videos This is fascinating to me – and I love that we can talk about it! This is part of our life together. This is how community works. Each aspect or element connects...

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The early churches developed a saying: The rule of prayer is the rule of faith As we have moved through the centuries, things have changed. Our worship communities have moved from being centered on prayer, to sacrament, to preaching … and now many are centered on music. I am proposing that now, the rule of worship is the rule of faith. Watch this 5 minute video and let me know what you think. you can also check out...

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For July and August we are moving the Sunday gathering time up a half-hour. Our Sunday Summer Service times will be 10am!  Coffee will be at 11am. This will be on: July 1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 August 5 August 12 August 19 August 26 We are looking forward to the cooler morning air and little more time on these beautiful Summer...

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This past weekend was a great conversation about the future of children and youth ministry at Vermont Hills UMC. Part of the transition to a full-fledged children’s program is providing a place for our kids in the worship service. Last week we created an area for the little ones that are with us during worship. We are so excited to have a place for the kids to be able to play, learn, engage, snack, color, and hang out. We have...

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Table Talk: Themes for the Next 11 Weeks Hospitality is our theme in August and each week we are going to look at a different aspect of being welcoming to the stranger and open to the ‘other’. August 6 Brett Stuvland is at the table talking about his experience in the Middle East and the southern United States. Turns out that southern hospitality is a real thing … but maybe not in the way that you think it is. August 13 we are at the...

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