Ingredients for Worship

Eugene Peterson once said, “The most33c93-img_2784 important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, ‘Let us worship God.’ If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor.”

Whether or not I find myself standing before the people of God on Sunday morning, I seek to live out my call as a pastor by cooking up some wonderful liturgy. My liturgies have been published with Worship Ways of the United Church of Christ, the LiturgyLink and within the pages of this blog.

Here you’ll find liturgical moments that you could cut and paste into your own worship bulletins (with credit to the Rev. Elsa A. Cook, please) and other times you’ll find in this stewardship blessing or this way of marking the weeks of Lent. You’ll also find my musings on how liturgy works as I do here and here. Still other times, you’ll find posts about how liturgy changes me. Because it does. Each and every time. You’ll even find some samples of past sermons here and a more recent one here.

Though I was once more consistent in adding these ingredients, I do occasionally add new Ingredients for Worship on my blog with prayers and other goodies to spice up any celebration of worship. Most of the time inspiration will come from the Revised Common Lectionary.

If you are looking to spice up your liturgical practice within your congregation or find yourself looking for a preacher on Sunday, please contact me and we’ll see what we can cook together.