22 Creative Components Including Services, Dialogues, Monologues, Skits, Dramas, Meditations, and a Litany
Ash Wednesday Introduction
The Path Of Maturity
Lent is a time when we must dig down deep inside ourselves in order to explore the scope of our sin, as well as the decay of our low level of discipleship. Such a rigorous venture will often leave us anxious and guilt-ridden and certain that we will never find our way out of this maze of mistakes. The passion path illuminated in the worship service and dramatic reading is a very real attempt to help us make what Edna Hong chose to call, in her book of the same title, a "downward ascent."
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.