Creed of the Journeying Heart

I believe in Jesus.I believe in Jesus so much that I’m sure -by God- I don’t have him figured out.I believe every box I put him in stings like a sword in his side. I believe every creed I nail down pierces like nails in his wrist – desperately trying to pin him to a […]

Call to Worship for Stewardship Sunday/Series

We’re just finishing up a sermon series on stewardship at The Open Door based on Jim Harnish’s great book Earn. Save. Give.  here’s the promo for the book if you’re interested: Throughout this series we’ve used the same Call to Worship that Rev. Stacee Fischer-Gehring wrote (or possibly adopted from another source…I’m not actually sure […]

A Prayer for Servant Leaders

A Prayer for Servant Leaders Used in a gathering with local church leaders I invite you to bow your heads and to fold your hands as we pray: God of grace – We bow our heads in awe and thanks. We fold our hands in reverence and humility. We are so thankful, God. Thankful that you draw […]

Running in Circles – Confession

  This Sunday we’re working the first verse of Running in Circles by United Pursuit into a Confessional.  The confessional comes from the United Methodist Book of Worship (number 479) by Lydia S. Martinez.  We’ll just vamp the chorus progression during the confessional, and whenever the confession ends, start singing as soon as the progression […]

A Brief Devotion for Church Council Meetings

  Business meetings in a church can be a difficult, but very important time in the life of a community.  I’ve had the incredible blessing of witnessing Church Council meetings where God’s presence was unmistakable – times where people were speaking with prophetic words of new life for a congregation, times where church members were […]

Call to Worship for The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons

  FUMC is starting a 7 weeks sermon series this Sunday based on Gabe Lyons book The Next Christians. We’ll be using this Call to Worship during the series, which was adapted from 1.2.26 in The Worship Sourcebook. Let us worship the eternal God, the source of love and life, who creates us. Let us […]

Guided Meditation for Pentecost

Last week as we celebrated Pentecost, we entered into a brief time of guided meditation after singing You Are Welcome by Deluge.  Here is a copy of that meditation.  Feel free to use or adopt it for your own local church. Guided Meditation for You Are Welcome Here by Deluge You are the fire that […]

O Come O Come Emmanuel – 714

As I was scouring the internet for Advent and Christmas resources this year, I came across an amazing Christmas album by 714 called The Thrill of Hope.  Seriously.  It’s amazing. If you don’t believe me, check this out:   SEE what I MEAN?!?! I’ve recently finished creating chord charts and instrumental parts for our musicians […]

Came to My Rescue – Litany Prayer

  Litany Prayer for Hillsong Chapel’s Came to My Rescue   Lord Jesus, you are in charge.  You are our head.  Teach us to be your body here on earth – your hands, your feet, your eyes, and your compassionate heart.  In our lives Be lifted high Lord, send the impulses of your love into […]

Open Door Set-list / Litany – 04.07.2013

Setlist: 1. All My Fountains – Christ Tomlin 2. Come On – Rend Collective 3. I Have Decided – Elevation Worship 4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman 5. Here’s My Heart – David Crowder 6. Those Who Trust – Enter the Worship Circle   Easter Litany by Mary Cartwright (spoken during an […]

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