By Rev. Denise Bender I always seem to become more aware of the weather in the autumn. I think it is because there is a tendency in Denver to have every season there is in the autumn. One day is sunny and I am watching a strawberry plant in bloom (silly thing), and the next … Continue reading Top 5 Favorite Things About Fall
Rev. Kerry's new worship series for the season of Epiphany will offer words of hope and encouragement to United Methodist congregations struggling with anxiety and division ahead of GC2019. Pre-order now to provide input and get support!
A call to worship, prayer of confession, and blessing based on this Sunday's lectionary text, Mark 10:46-52.
Earlier this summer, for the second year in a row, I had the privilege of serving as the Worship Faculty for Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies, a 10-day "boot camp" for new pastors in this region of The United Methodist Church (and a few from other parts of the U.S.!). Talking with folks … Continue reading Ask a Liturgy Nerd: Rev. Kerry Answers Your Worship Questions
Students in many parts of the country have already gone back to school, but others are still eagerly (or anxiously) preparing. If you want to acknowledge this special time of year for your community, consider having students - and teachers, and anyone else involved in resuming the school year - bring in their backpacks, laptop … Continue reading Blessing of the Backpacks
A Prayer for When the Institution Lets You Down Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2018 God, you know I love you, but sometimes I find it so hard to love your people, so hard to see your goodness in the body we call the Church. What is it about humankind that makes us clutch at every … Continue reading A Prayer for When the Institution Lets You Down
by Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2012 Let us give thanks for the ministry of small details: For greetings offered and doors unlocked for attendance entered and reminders sent for expenses processed and checks prepared we give thanks for your service in Christ’s name. For floors mopped and polished and carpets vacuumed for lilies ordered and mail … Continue reading Litany of Gratitude for Staff with a Servant’s Heart
I am honored to have a devotion and three prayers included in a new book, We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead. Written and edited by young United Methodist clergy women, this book features reflections in the categories of Call, Courage, Struggle, and Persistence, as well as prayers for many different occasions. … Continue reading Blessing to Be Who You Are
Rev. Kerry's latest liturgy, based on this week's lectionary reading from John 3.
When Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day and Easter is April Fools’ Day, you might start to wonder about God’s sense of humor. The conjunction of these sacred and secular holidays got me thinking: is there a hidden truth in this year's calendar? After all, what could be more foolish than resurrection? And what is … Continue reading When Love Looks Like Ashes