Worship Resources of the Christian Church in the Upper Midwest
March | 2022
Experimenting at Easter
Rev. Joshua Patty
Regional Minister and President
Is there a part of your worship service that you would like to do differently?
Change can be hard in the church. (Perhaps you've heard that!?) This is especially true when it's difficult to convince others to even try a new idea or approach.
Ironically, the extra services around Holy Week provide opportunities to experiment with things. As worship planners, we often focus on the "extras" added to these services, but usually we balance those out by shortening other parts of the service. For example, even congregations that always invite a public sharing of prayer requests and celebrations -- often called Joys and Concerns -- usually omit this practice on Easter.
So this year, why don't you try out a new approach to a part of the worship service at Easter. If it works, it will be easy to continue it in future services. If it doesn't, it was simply a change you made for a special service.
Improving Hybrid Worship
Are you looking for practical ideas to bolster your online worship? Do you even know what you don't know? Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, shares helpful videos weekly on his YouTube channel. If you have questions -- or if you are looking for ideas, I encourage you to check out some of his videos.
Rev. Tiff Williams, Associate Regional Minister, will record a sermon that you can use any Sunday after Easter. We hope this offers worship leaders and preachers extra rest after Lent and Holy Week. The recorded sermon will be available for download and to stream on YouTube. We will share detailed instructions and access to the sermon to congregations and ministers before Easter Sunday.
Camp registration for Summer 2022 is open! We look forward to nurturing hundreds of people in one of our church camps. We have camp opportunities for those who have completed grades 2-12, families with children under 18, grandparents with kids age 4 through grade 2, and adults 55 and older.
Here are some important resource pages with information:
Hymnary.org is a vast searchable resource for hymns and hymnals (offers copyright or public domain information)
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)
Easter Special Offering, April 10 & 17
Each year the Easter special offering promotion supports general ministries of the Christian Church. These include the Office of General Minister and President, overseas ministry, congregational support, health and social service ministries, and much more.
Our general ministries have prepared some worship materials you can use on Palm Sunday or Easter as part of this special offering:
Many of those involved with Disciples Tech Corps are planning a Freeform conference to explore new ideas in worship planning, including the use of technology. The Freeform event will be in-person and online, April 22-23. More info here.
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