Category Archives: worship

Do you sing Christmas carols during Advent?

I used to refuse to sing Christmas carols during Advent. I used to say things like, “We are Christians who celebrate the Christian year! We are in Advent waiting for the coming of the baby. We can’t just jump to … Continue reading

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The Commissioning of Sunday Church School Teachers and Staff and Blessing of the Backpacks and Lunchboxes

The Commissioning of Sunday Church School Teachers and Staff & Blessing of the backpacks and Lunchboxes Grace Lutheran Church Springfield, Illinois Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy Commissioning of Sunday School Teachers and Staff In Christian love, you, the parents and families of … Continue reading

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"Litany of the Blessing of the Backpacks" and "Backpack Blessing"

At this time, I do not have a source in order to give appropriate credit for these works. If anyone can identify the source, I will gladly edit this post in order to give appropriate credit. Litany of the Blessing … Continue reading

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A Collection of Resources for Blessing of the Backpacks

This group of resources was compiled by Rev. Lisa Heckman, The United Ministry of Delhi NY Blessing of the Backpacks>From the Diocese of Georgia courtesy of the Rev. Silito Romero, St. Philip’s, San Jose O Lord God, you see your … Continue reading

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sweet dreams

Now, on Land and Sea Descending is one of my favorite hymns but since it is an “evening” hymn, we never sing it. Even though I pick the hymns, I haven’t yet “made” my church sing it. It’s on YouTube … Continue reading

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Holy Week distraction

From Maundy Thursday through the last service on Easter, I will lead 6 worship services, including a wedding. And somehow, in the midst of all that sermon writing, praying, setting up the sanctuary, cleaning up, locking and unlocking the building, … Continue reading

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worship planning

In the next two weeks, I’ll sit down and plan worship for the coming months. Even though I tend to plan in advance, sometimes flexibility is necessary. We’ll be presenting Bibles to 3rd graders and Blessing Backpacks on Aug. 26. … Continue reading

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