Powerpoint call to worship
- I used pictures for all the elements of All Things Bright and Beautiful and had roughly a slide per line. I kept it simple - white background - so that the graphic was, well, bright and beautiful, and evocative.
START OF SERVICE - 8.30
- am I the only worship leader that thinks that these just take TOO long?!
Reading 1 - Sunday School child - Psalm 19: 1-4
All things bright and beautiful (Cecil Frances Alexander) standard tune
- I chose this because of the fact that she began writing as a child and because I wanted to draw the 70% old folk congregation into the - possibly roudy - family worship. I was hoping that most of them would have sung it when they were in Sunday School and that it would remind them of what it is like to worship God with the simple trust and abandon of a child.
Unfortunately, I got flutterbys for some insane reason and launched into the song before the welcome or announcements and completely forgot to mention CFA. Sigh. Our congregation, as with most, can't cope with not being told exactly what we're doing and what they need to do next...I stubbed my toe on one of the worship cardinal rules - in some way, always tell them what you are doing and where you are going.
Cecil Frances Alexander was born in Ireland. She began writing poetry as a child
and wrote nearly 400 hymns. She wrote All things Bright and Beautiful, one of
her most popular, to help explain to children the opening words of the Apostles'
Creed, a Christian statement of belief.
Cecil Frances Alexander's timeless
ode to nature calls everyone to celebrate the wonders of life, great and small,
seen and unseen.
Thanksgiving time - popcorn prayers
- these are short prayers that we always do with our Sunday School kids
We stand and lift up our hands / I could sing of Your love forever
- would have preferred more of a medley with a couple of other songs but we haven't worked together sufficiently as a worship team and we had a very small window for practice.
- the kids love this song and often request it. We used a CD for it which was a little loud but still worked. It was l
-absolutely brilliant, concise, make-sense piece by our associate pastor who has a new baby. Used baby kit and kaboodle to put across the truths from a couple of verses from Proverbs to kids.
Why I love Sunday School.
- we asked kids and a Sunday School teacher to talk about their experiences
Reading 2 - Sunday School child - Psalm 119:9-11
Trust and Obey
- I love hymns, and I love the people in my church, young and old. I put this one in because it's a great chorus - very catchy - for littlies to learn (how I pray that the children will grow and learn more & more that God can use to remind them should they falter or head off down the wrong track) and because it's a wonderful old hymn that the oldies can sing with gusto.