52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation... Worship

52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation... Worship
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52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation - Worship, the third volume in the 52 WAYS TO IGNITE YOUR CONGREGATION series gives pastors, lay leaders, and congregants 52 creative, effective ways to ignite and excite their worship services.

52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation - Worship, the third volume in the 52 WAYS TO IGNITE YOUR CONGREGATION series gives pastors, lay leaders, and congregants 52 creative, effective ways to ignite and excite their worship services.
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9780829818789
Publication Date: 
2011-09-01
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Baptism Services, Sermons, and Prayers (Just in Time)

Baptism Services, Sermons, and Prayers   (Just in Time)
$12.99
Few services are more important in the life of the congregation than the service of baptism.Part of the Just in Time! series, BaptismServices, Sermons, and Prayersprovidesprayers, litanies, sermon ideas, and other resources designed to render baptism meaningful to the entire congregation. It also includes ideas for special baptismal services, such as those associated with confirmation and youth retreats."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687333837
Publication Date: 
2006-08-01
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Caring Liturgies: The Pastoral Power of Christian Ritual

Caring Liturgies: The Pastoral Power of Christian Ritual
$18.00
Caregiving practices in churches often center around listening and giving counsel, making referrals, and creating support groups for specific needs. In Caring Liturgies, Susan Marie Smith proposes that Christian ritual is both a method and a means for helping people through liminal times of transition and uncertainty, even vulnerability and fear. It teaches readers to recognize the ritual needs of fellow Christians and thus create post-baptismal rites of passage and healing that might strengthen and support them in the fulfillment of their ministries.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800697365
Publication Date: 
2012-08-01

Children First

Children First
$19.99
Children First is a worship experience designed specifically for elementary-age children and their families. This resource offers an outline for a service that takes place the first Sunday of every month and usually lasts 45 minutes. Each service focuses on a particular theme, such as love, prayer, or thankfulness.

Children will love the energy, the music, the interactive prayers, and Bible stories. Parents will love the relevant themes, the moments of quiet contemplation, and the teaching of some of the church’s cherished traditions.

This helpful resource includes a CD-ROM featuring PowerPoint® files with music and words that can go along with the services.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426707759
Publication Date: 
2010-06-01

Childrens Sermons To Go

Childrens Sermons To Go
$13.99
Children's Sermons to Go is a collection of 52 sermons for children. Each sermon first gives a Bible verse and then illustrates that verse with a short anecdote. Each sermon lists easy-to-find household materials the preacher or worship leader can bring to give a visual demonstration that illustrates the truths presented in the sermon. The distinguishing feature of this sermon collection, however, is the small, inexpensive gifts or trinkets - mementos - that each child carries away from the children's sermon, thus giving the children a concrete object that helps them remember the message given in that day's children's sermon.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687052578
Publication Date: 
1998-11-01
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Christian Weddings

Christian Weddings
$16.99
Since its publication, Christian Weddings has become the necessary tool for engaged couples and pastors to plan unique and meaningful wedding services. It allows users to select the different elements from their wedding liturgy from a menu of choices in ceremonies from over twenty denominational traditions around the world. Christian Weddings serves many purposes. Pastors can offer new options in planning Christian weddings; couples of mixed religious denominations or traditions can celebrate a wedding day that meets their Christian needs; and couples who want a special service can successfully create a beautiful, personalized ceremony. This new edition includes additional ceremonies from an expanded range of sources, giving couples even greater freedom to plan a ceremony that fits their needs.
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9780687649594
Publication Date: 
2008-10-01
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Christian Year: A Guide for Worship and Preaching

Christian Year: A Guide for Worship and Preaching
$14.99

In this concise guide, Dr. Knowles Wallace gives practical worship and preaching suggestions for each season of the Christian year as it relates to the Revised Common Lectionary. She describes the unique features and colors of each season as well as its historical overview, theological grounding, and significance for faith formation. The Christian Year gives ways to draw upon the gifts of existing congregations while seeking to expand their witness and faith formation.

The author walks the reader through each season, beginning with Advent, followed by Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time in Light of Epiphany, Lent, Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, Easter through Pentecost, and Ordinary Time as People of the Resurrection, giving sample services with suitable lectionary readings, hymns, prayers, and spatial and visual suggestions for each season in either traditional or contemporary worship styles.

In this concise guide, Dr. Knowles Wallace gives practical worship and preaching suggestions for each season of the Christian year as it relates to the Revised Common Lectionary. She describes the unique features and colors of each season as well as its historical overview, theological grounding, and significance for faith formation. The Christian Year gives ways to draw upon the gifts of existing congregations while seeking to expand their witness and faith formation.

The author walks the reader through each season, beginning with Advent, followed by Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time in Light of Epiphany, Lent, Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, Easter through Pentecost, and Ordinary Time as People of the Resurrection, giving sample services with suitable lectionary readings, hymns, prayers, and spatial and visual suggestions for each season in either traditional or contemporary worship styles.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426703003
Publication Date: 
2011-05-01

Communion Services (Just in Time)

Communion Services   (Just in Time)
$12.99
Just In Time! Series offers brief, practical resources of immediate help for pastors at an affordable price.

 

This book introduces the practice of Communion and offers a collection of Communion prayers and ready-to-use resources for worship. Included is information on Communion elements, vessels, and methods with answers to commonly asked questions. Rev. Knowles Wallace gives four possible orders of Communion, various ways to offer Communion, and prayers and resources for specific seasons and holy days in the church year from Advent through Thanksgiving. Also includes: Communion prayers for special occasions such as: commissioning services, weddings, funerals, and Confirmation. Services in this book are appropriate for use at hospitals, camps, retreats, and shut-ins' homes, as well as more traditional worship settings.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687498369
Publication Date: 
2006-03-01

Complete Worship Leader

Complete Worship Leader
$16.00
In this concise and clearly written handbook, worship leaders from every denomination and musical style will find a wealth of information on how to develop their leadership skills and improve the effectiveness of corporate worship. Kevin J. Navarro explains the four basic elements that are crucial to becoming an effective worship leader: theology, discipleship, artistry, and leadership.

The Complete Worship Leader provides a holistic, biblical view of worship leading as drawing people into God's presence through more than song leading. It shows worship leaders how to:
Ž appropriately use the technology available today
Ž become a theologian, a disciple, an artist, and a leader
Ž build and lead a worship team
Ž engage the five senses in worship
Ž model worship and rally others to participate
and much more!

Pastors, worship planners, lay leaders, and college and seminary students from a cross section of denominations will benefit from this simple yet thorough discussion of what it means to lead the body of Christ into a genuine experience of worshiping God.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780801091162
Publication Date: 
2001-11-01

Craddock Stories

Craddock Stories
$21.99
One of the things that makes Fred Craddock's sermons so compelling is his masterful use of storytelling, but, until now, few of his stories have ever been published. This collection offers for the first time hundreds of Craddock stories told in his own words and a glimpse of his life.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780827204836
Publication Date: 
2001-05-01
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Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation

Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation
$15.00
Teresa L. Fry Brown introduces preachers to the effective use of voice and body in the animation of the word in the preaching moment. Suggestions and exercises for enhancing voice, diction, and nonverbal engagement of the listener are included in each chapter.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800604479
Publication Date: 
1901-12-13
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Designing Contemporary Congregations: Strategies to Attract Those Under Fifty

Designing Contemporary Congregations: Strategies to Attract Those Under Fifty
$14.00
The traditional church has made an effort to incorporate contemporary worship, says bowers. One of the reasons it is still struggling to attract the postmodern generation (between 20 and 50 years of age) is because it also needs to be a contemporary congregation, in touch with culture and it curent trends.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780829817898
Publication Date: 
2008-05-01

Easter Services Sermons and Prayers (Just in Time)

Easter Services Sermons and Prayers   (Just in Time)
$12.00
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary and broadly ecumenical, this addition tothe Just In Time! series provides creative liturgies, sermon helps, and prayers for Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, and the 40 days of Easter."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687646326
Publication Date: 
2007-10-01
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Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services

Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services
$14.99
No matter how great Sunday's worship service was, there's always another Sunday lurking at the end of the next week that must be planned. Church leaders often fall into ruts, working on automatic pilot just trying to get things together, which does not allow for much creativity or focus on designing services that lead to transformation for those involved in them. Engage is a step-by-step, stress-free guide to planning worship services that allow for and foster true life change. Comprehensive in scope, Engage provides teaching pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to work together to develop and implement a worship planning system that improves communication, enhances creativity, and honors Jesus every week.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780801072178
Publication Date: 
2011-10-01

First Impressions (Revised): Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church (Revised)

First Impressions (Revised): Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church (Revised)
$19.99
Newly updated!

Guests in church often decide whether to return or not before service even starts. It's crucial to create a welcoming environment for guest of your church--to ensure that their first impression is the best impression. Author Mark Waltz gives you practical strategies that have worked in his own church--that you can easily implement in yours.

  • Learn how to make guests feel welcome the moment they pull in to your parking lot.
  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy, strategy, and implementation of a ministry that focuses on welcoming guests.
  • Get practical ideas that take your church "greeting" to a whole new level.


Includes updated information.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780764491078
Publication Date: 
2013-01-15

Funeral Services (Just in Time)

Funeral Services   (Just in Time)
$12.99
Ready-to-use funeral services for difficult situations.

Each service is set in a ministry context and includes a sample sermon, Scripture text, and prayers.

Miscarriage, Premature Delivery, Stillbirth, Infant Dies in Sleep, Infant is Fatally Injured, Infant Dies In Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Infant Dies Due to Mistreatment, Child Drowns, Child Dies of Serious Illness, Child Dies in Accident, Child Dies Due to Mistreatment, Youth Dies as Driver in Car Accident, Youth Dies as Passenger in Car Accident, Youth Dies of Serious Illness, Youth Murdered, Youth Dies Accidentally, Youth Commits Suicide, Youth Dies as Victim of School Violence, Student Dies in Hazing, Student Dies of Untreated Mental Illness, Student dies of accidental overdose, Adult Dies of a Serious Illness, Adult Dies in Prison, Adult Completes Suicide, Adult Dies in Random Act of Violence, Adult Dies in Work Accident, Older Adult Dies in Nursing Home, Older Adult Dies of Serious Illness, Older Adult Dies Alone

The Just in Time! series offers brief, practical resources of immediate help for pastors at an affordable price.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687335060
Publication Date: 
2007-02-01
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Gifts in Open Hands: More Resources from the Global Community

Gifts in Open Hands: More Resources from the Global Community
$28.00
Gifts in Open Hands was inspired by the bestselling Gifts of Many Cultures: Worship Resources for the Global Community, also by Tirabassi and Eddy (1995, United Church Press). This fresh, new edition, like the previous, contains a wealth of multicultural liturgies, prayers, affirmations, blessings, and poetry by people from the global community. These beautifully written pieces can be used in worship and celebration of sacraments, sacred seasons, and all other occasions in the life of the church. The inclusion of black-and-white images for reproduction in church bulletins is included again in this volume, and an important new feature is the arrangement of translations so that materials in other languages are available to English-speaking as well as bilingual worship planners. There is also a thorough appendix with additional graphics and musical resources.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780829818390
Publication Date: 
2011-06-01

Go Preach!: A Primer for Beginning Preachers

Go Preach!: A Primer for Beginning Preachers
$14.00
This book offers practical tips for persons who are called on to preach occasionally but who are not formally trained as pastors. Gilbert includes just enough theory to support the practice. A bibliography provides specific suggestions for readers wishing to explore preaching in more detail.
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9780881773842
Publication Date: 
2003-05-01
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Growth Seeds of Faith

Growth Seeds of Faith
$10.00
The second book in The New Brown Bag series. Contains 26 entertaining and thought-provoking sermons for children.Sermon topics include: -- Open Hands (Psalm 145:16)-- Be Still! (Psalm 46:10)-- A Nation Under God (Exodus 17:15)-- Gonna Pot On My Shoes (Deuteronomy 29:5)-- Gonna Take Off My Shoes (Exodus 3:5)-- Plug In! I'm Ready! (Isaiah 40:28-29)-- No Expiration Date (John 3:16)-- What Makes Christmas Special? (Luke 1:30b-31; Luke 1:35b)
ISBN/SKU: 
9780829814880
Publication Date: 
2002-11-01
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Healing Services (Just in Time series)

Healing Services (Just in Time series)
$12.99
Persons who design and lead worship will find this a practical and useful guide for Christ-centered healing ministry that can be easily adapted in a variety of settings. Included are six complete services of Holy Communion, Healing and Wholeness; Praise, Prayer, and Anointing; and Prayer, Confession, and Laying on of Hands. Services are suitable for Sunday morning worship; retreat settings; small group experiences hospital, nursing home, and home visitations; and personal counseling sessions.

James K.Wagner worked for several years at the Upper Room in Nashville, Tennessee, as the Director of Prayer and Healing Ministries. He is the author of several books on healing and wholeness ministry.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687642489
Publication Date: 
2007-10-01
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Heart of the Artist

Heart of the Artist
$19.99

Over 100,000 sold •Great for individuals and teams •Includes provocative discussion questions “I wish I had your gift!” How do you handle those words as a creative artist? Somewhere between pride and self-abasement lies true humility—just one aspect of the balanced character God wants to instill in you as an actor, a musician, a visual artist, or other creative person involved in ministry. God is interested in your art and your heart. The Heart of the Artist deals head-on with issues every person in an arts ministry faces: •Servanthood Versus Stardom •Excellence Versus Perfectionism •The Spiritual Disciplines of the Artist •The Artist in Community . . . and more The Heart of the Artist will give you a better understanding of yourself and your unique place in the body of Christ. You’ll find wisdom and encouragement that can help you survive the challenges and reap the rich joys of a ministry in the creative arts. “Breathtakingly personal, practical, and poignant.”—Timothy Tien, New York, New York “I am better for having applied these principles. . . . A must-read for church staff, creative types, growing Christians, human beings.”—Rev. Ginny Allen, Jackson, Mississippi “Rory Noland pinpoints issues that often arise in the life of the artist, and gives good, biblical solutions. A must-have for Christian artists in any field.”—Tom Hinkle, Tulsa, Oklahoma Rory Noland is director of Heart of the Artist Ministries (www.heartoftheartist.org), an organization dedicated to turning teams of church artists into communities of grace. A composer songwriter, author, and speaker, Rory is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780310224716
Publication Date: 
1999-06-01

High-Tech Worship?: Using Presentational Technologies Wisely

High-Tech Worship?: Using Presentational Technologies Wisely
$14.00
Increasing numbers of churches today use high-tech tools such as videos and PowerPoint presentations in their worship services. But without wisdom, those tools can turn their services more into entertainment than worship. How can churches use technology to communicate meaning instead of seducing people with special effects? How can technology be adopted to help people connect with God and each other to foster authentic worship?
High-Tech Worship? takes a careful look at these issues, giving readers practical guidance on how they can best use the gift of technology in their churches. Both clergy and lay leaders will benefit from its creative suggestions as they seek to integrate technology wisely into their worship services.
Written by nationally known communications expert Quentin J. Schultze, High-Tech Worship? addresses an important yet often overlooked issue that affects the quality of worship in every church.
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9780801064807
Publication Date: 
2004-01-01
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Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship

Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship
$20.00
Despite widespread interest in spirituality, its most common corporate form, congregational worship, is rarely discussed in those terms. This book explores liturgical spirituality as a holy conversation between God and us.


Linking the themes of spirituality and worship and giving each needed focus in ways that are biblically and theologically rich and consistent with ecumenical traditions, this book specifically explores the relationship of sacred reading (lectio divina) to worship. Linman sees this practice as one element in the larger liturgical action of Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending. Our "spiritual worship" (cf. Rom 12:1), he argues, is the holy conversation between worshipers and the triune God who leads us to greater participation in Christ and to transformation through Christ's presence.


Raising important issues for worship renewal and interspersed with practical insights and suggestions, this book serves as a primer for those who want to more fully learn how to worship, and, through the power of the Spirit, to deepen their awareness of the encounter with Christ made known in Word and Sacrament.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800621308
Publication Date: 
2010-04-01

Homiletical Beat: Why All Sermons Are Narrative

Homiletical Beat: Why All Sermons Are Narrative
$16.99
Promoting the idea of sermon as narrative, Eugene Lowry's first book, The Homiletical Plot, became one of the most influential preaching books of the latter part of the 20th century. While the sermon as narrative has become conventional preaching wisdom, it is largely misunderstood.

Sermons are, by definition, narratives and as such, they have plots. At the same time, the sermon is not a story. While similar in many ways, narratives and stories are distinct. Therefore, to think of narrative preaching as merely one of many homiletical styles is to misunderstand and reduce the nature of the sermon. The sermon is more than just an option for the preacher; rather, it is, by definition, a narrative because it happens in time, not in space.

This changes everything because the sermon ceases to be something a preacher constructs, like a thesis or even a painting. Instead, it is more like a piece of music - something a preacher plays within intuitively, to a constant beat - time after time, week after week.

In light of this revelation, what are new strategic aims for sermon preparation and delivery?
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426751431
Publication Date: 
2012-09-01

In Sure and Certain Hope: Litu

In Sure and Certain Hope: Litu
$19.99
This book is offered as a resource for those taking services connected with death and dying, those who offer pastoral care to the bereaved, and all who are asked to help plan a funeral or memorial service.  It may be used in its own right or as a supplement to the authorized liturgies of the various Christian churches.
In Sure and Certain Hope provides a range of liturgies, from simple rites to formal orders of service for use in church, for each stage of a process that is both universal and unique for every individual:
- a simple rite at the time of death
- a ceremony for receiving a body into church
- prayers and readings before leaving home for a funeral
- an order of service for a funeral in church
- an order of service for a funeral at a cemetery or crematorium
- alternative Bible readings, printed out in full
- alternative prayers and readings for differing circumstances of death
- prayers for returning home after a funeral
- a memorial service
- a commemoration for All Soul's Day
- a remembrance for the anniversary of a death
- an affirmation of the living
In Sure and Certain Hope also includes a short selection of readings from literature and poetry on the themes of death, loss and enduring love.  They are chosen for their resonance with the Christian hope of eternal life and may help family and friends to find a reading appropriate for their own circumstances.  For clergy and others who minister at such an intensely painful time, theological reflection is included on the primary Christian understanding that underpins the Church's ministry to the dying and the bereaved.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687054039
Publication Date: 
2005-03-01
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