The image of the whirlwind from the 2 Kings and the Psalm stuck me particularly heavily this week. The text says that the LORD was "about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind" and that got me thinking: How do you prepare for a whirlwind? Here the whirlwind isn't some destructive force, it is a sign of God's power and presence. Encountering God can indeed twirl us around, shake us up, in ways that don't always feel great, but ultimately the whirlwind is a part of the journey of faith. God is there in the whirlwind with us even as we ask, "Where is God?" even when we see no foot prints... I vaguely remember a poem about footprints... it'll come to me later... haha. Click "continue reading" to copy/paste this blessing for your use. or to download the typewritten image with all of its rushed and fantastic typos.
What a weird passage this Luke text is! Every time I encounter it I get overwhelmed with all the demons and pigs. This week I've included an idea for a visual illustration that you might use to make some sense of it. Use it in a Children's Sermon or as a sermon illustration. Go ahead and make a little bit of a mess in church this week. I won't tell the facilities committee! Click "continue reading" for a copy/paste version of the liturgy and a downloadable image of the type written page.
Apologies, apologies, apologies! Three apologies for Trinity Sunday being late. Too much church this weekend. I wrote the Call to Worship as a call and response and I put a little rhythm to it. I tried to make it have a one two three, waltzy feel as a sneaky nod to Trinity Sunday. If you are rhythmically inclined, maybe you can get your congregation swaying to a 3/4 trinity beat. As always, click "continue reading" for a copy/paste version of the liturgy and a downloadable image.
This year for Pentecost, I'm not into the whole "It's the Church's Birthday" thing so this liturgy turned out a little bleak. There's just something about Pentecost that makes me wish that I was a little more fiery and fired up about the things that are wrong in our world. I also throw out a raw idea for doing the offering in here. I'd love to see if any of ya'll run with it. Post it in the comments or on social media so I can see it. As always: click "continue reading" for a copy/paste-able version of this liturgy or to download the image of the typewritten page to use for bulletin or slide images. Please use the Donate tab if you like what you've been seeing here and want to help it continue.