Dipping Your Toes Dipping Your Toes will relieve your anxiety, when it’s your turn to lead devotions in your small Group. Everything you need – reflection, prayers, hymns, call to worship, right down to the benediction gathered together in one book. There is even a discussion question if you choose to make the worship participatory. Hymns were chosen from a variety of hymn books to accommodate the needs of many denominations.
To help you gain confidence in your worship leadership there are “Tips for Effective Leadership” in the introduction. The final section called “Wading in a Little Deeper”, leads you through creating your own call to worship, prayers, reflection – an entire service so you’ll never need a book like mine again.
Don’t forget leading worship can be fun.
Dipping Your Toes in Planning Small Group Devotions
Service #1 for September
Tweet: Lead me to a gas station. My spiritual tank is running low.
Light the Christ Candle
“We light this Christ Candle to remind ourselves that God is our guest today. God’s Spirit swirls around us and within us.”
Call to Worship
Come into this time of renewal.
Open your heart to God’s presence in this place.
Feel God’s love radiate through those around you.
Let us worship God.
How Good Lord to be Here VU # 103
Take Time to be Holy VU #672, HFG #457
Gracious God, thank you for calling us together today. As we enjoy one another’s company, make us aware that you are part of the conversation and the laughter. Use this time to give us a gift of renewal. We pray as followers of Jesus.
Gas For the Journey
Fall is here, vacation over. It’s time to care for yourself and fill your spiritual tank with gas for life’s journey. Many of us know that Sunday morning worship is gas up time, but we forget that retreats, study evenings and workshops provide a special opportunity for renewed energy and learning.
One year, Tom and I chose to give ourselves the gift of an entire week at “Soul Feast” in the mountains of North Carolina. We met a crowd of caring, friendly people. Worship each day provided inspiration. Workshops offered valuable learning. Sharing a cottage with dear friends meant free time was special. When the week ended, we felt as if we had been wrapped in faith. Our energy level for life in general had risen considerably. We were reluctant to return home and dive back into the busy stream of living.
Times of renewal are always too short. Why? They give us gas for our journey. In the Bible, we see Jesus inviting his followers to go up on the mountain or down by the lake to have time apart to focus on his teachings and on God. Always they returned to continue their ministry carrying God’s Good News to others.
This month, check out the Internet and the bulletin board at church for study groups or retreats. Make the commitment to take advantage of at least one opportunity to learn and grow in your faith. Remember you will always be too busy. You will never have enough time or money for such a “luxury”. Just as you know your body requires food to remain healthy, so your spirit requires special nurture too. Give yourself a gift from God.
Describe your experience of Bible Study, or a Spiritual Retreat. How did you feel? What did you learn?
Loving God, intentional time with you is important to us. Give us courage to make the choice of caring for our spiritual needs. If we need a friend to go with us, help us find that friend. We give you thanks for reminding us to feed our souls. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding VU #104, FWS #2103
Precious Lord Take My Hand VU #670, HFG #611
Commissioning and Benediction:
Go into this month with your hearts open to opportunities for renewal. Go knowing that God is with you, guiding your choices, offering you blessings. Amen