Worship Together

Worship Resources of the Christian Church in the Upper Midwest

August | 2022

Fall Planning

Rev. Joshua Patty

Regional Minister and President

September's coming. Below are some resources that may inspire and encourage your work. Blessings as you prepare worship services that invite people to honor God's presence and love in our midst in ways that offers healing, forgiveness, hope, transformation, and so much more.

Invitations May Mean More This Year

Many congregations have "kickoff" or "homecoming" Sundays after Labor Day. Often it is a day to begin fall programs. Historically, it has been a way to encourage people to participate in worship regularly.

A recent essay suggested personal invitations may be the nudge some people need to resume regular worship participation after the past two years. Might it be something for your congregation to try?

Hospitality and Stewardship

Another recent essay connects important lessons between welcoming guests and inviting new people to give financially. (Stewardship season is coming in many congregations too.) I think that this author's personal experience visiting a church is helpful -- if a bit painful to read. It's also a reminder that when we want to invite people to do new or unfamiliar things, we should imagine the experience from their perspective.

Is Your Space Accessible and Welcoming?

Historically, most church buildings have presumed certain abilities on the people who will enter them.  Our awareness is slowly increasing on ways to truly make our accessible and welcoming to all.  If you want some ideas, check out this recent article from Religion News Service, part of a series called Disability and Faith.

2022 Regional Calendar


For more details go to the Regional website:


Aug 11-21 Hymn Sing at Iowa State Fair

Aug 14 BSD Treehouse Dedication, 4 pm

Aug 25 Regional Operations Council, 7 pm

Sept 22 Regional Operations Council, 7 pm

Sept 25 Reconciliation Special Offering

Oct 2 World Communion Sunday; Reconciliation Special Offering

October 15

All-Congregational Gathering

Christian Conference Center

July 29 - Aug 1

General Assembly

Louisville, KY

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Prayers, Liturgies & More:

  • Worship Ways from the United Church of Christ (permission granted to congregations to adapt and use in worship)
  • Worship Planning from United Methodist Church (permission granted to congregations to adapt and use in worship)

Upper Midwest All Congregational Gathering

Saturday, October 15

Are you and other leaders trying to figure out what to do in your church? Does everything seem harder?

The 2022 All Congregational Gathering will focus on resources to make sense of and adapt to many challenges that the church is facing. In addition to learning, there will be worship and fun as Disciples Together.

Please plan to participate on Saturday, October 15.

World Communion Sunday, October 2

Each year, congregations are invited to celebrate World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday of October.  This Christian unity commitment begun by Presbyterians in the 1930s, has been endorsed by the National Council of Churches since 1940 and involves denominations around the world.

World Communion Sunday offers Disciples a wonderful opportunity to highlight the centrality of the Lord's Supper in our shared spiritual practices.

Worship Resources

Worship ideas from Global Ministries

Resources from United Church of Christ

Resources from United Church of Canada

Description of history and resources from Presbyterian Church (USA)

Watch for resources for the Reconciliation Special Offering

Resources and News

Resources to Strengthen Your Worship Services

These are some resources that have been featured in previous issues of Worship Together:

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