The celebration of Advent begins this Sunday. The purpose of this season of the church year is to look toward the coming of Christ to earth–a season focused on waiting. It is a time of preparing for the glory of Christmas day. Today, I want to share with you a few resources to help you in your celebration of Advent: Read more
A modern hymn that has been one of my favorites for several years is The Power of the Cross (Oh, to See the Dawn) by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. If your congregation is not yet singing this song, I highly recommend it. For this Holy Week edition of the blog, I want to share the song with you or simply remind you of it. Sit back, listen. and take in the profound lyrics. The song is available on LifeWayWorship.com with full orchestration. Read more
Holy Week begins on March 24 this year. I have written several posts about the importance of celebrating Lent in order for our Easter celebrations to really have maximum impact. Take a look.
Today, I am sharing with you a free devotional book for Holy Week that can be reproduced for your congregation or other groups to make the week leading up to Easter more meaningful. Read more
A modern hymn that has been one of my favorites for several years is The Power of the Cross (Oh, to See the Dawn) by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. If your congregation is not yet singing this song, I highly recommend it. For this Holy Week edition of the blog, I want to simply share the song with you. Sit back, listen. and take in the profound lyrics. I also have a link to the Getty’s website where you can download a free lead sheet for the song. The song is available on LifeWayWorship.com with full orchestration. Read more
This week, I would like to guide you in putting together a Maundy Thursday service. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus, so part of the service would involve the congregation partaking of the Lord’s Supper. I will present a few ideas, and I encourage each of you to share other ideas through the comments section below. Read more
This week, as I continue a series on Lent and Holy Week, I am sharing with you a Good Friday Service that will take some preparation but can be a very meaningful service for your church. Select songs from your congregation’s repertoire that will fit each place in the service. The songs here all come from the Baptist Hymnal (selected many years ago). If you normally use a worship band, I would suggest stripping things down to just a piano, keyboard, or guitar to create a feeling of barrenness in this service. Read more
Two weeks ago, I discussed the importance of celebrating Lent in the Baptist church. Today, I will begin to flesh out some ways that you can make Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, become a very special time in the life of your congregation. The primary days of importance in Holy Week that I will explore with you are: 1) Palm/Passion Sunday – the Sunday before Easter, 2) Maundy Thursday, 3) Good Friday, and 4) Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday follows the next day.
Today, I will explore resources and ideas for a Holy Week devotional and a Palm/Passion Sunday service. Read more
I grew up thinking the four major days of the church year were Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. They were certainly the days that seem to receive the most excitement and specialness. Since my childhood, I have been exposed to and studied so many different traditions of worship, and find that we often fall short of the wonderful experiences we can have in worship because we have eliminated much of the traditional church calendar. Read more