by Rev. Kerry Greenhill This post was written for RethinkChurch.org, where it was published on March 26, 2019. Where do you go to find community? Your school or workplace? A yoga class or happy hour gathering? The local diner or recovery meeting? For much of the 20th century, churches were a center of community life … Continue reading A Church Space Brings New Life
by Kerry Greenhill This post was written for RethinkChurch.org, where it was published on March 20, 2019. In a society where progress often means building things, and success is equated with making money, a new faith community on the undeveloped edge of the suburbs is exploring how to live and engage the world from a place … Continue reading The Land and New Life
This winter has been a rough one for many pastors, especially in the United Methodist Church. Between constantly-breaking political news and the conflict of General Conference, not to mention a “bomb cyclone” of rain, wind, and snow for much of the Rocky Mountain region this week, the wilderness of Lent seems to be upon us … Continue reading Take a Break in the Wilderness: Join Us for Spring Worship Planning Retreats
By Rev. Kerry Greenhill General Conference 2019 is over. The Traditional Plan passed, though large parts of it have been and are expected to again be declared unconstitutional. This means that the voting delegates from around the world voted decisively (about 47% to 53%) to retain a ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ+ … Continue reading Looking for God’s Glory Even As We Grieve
by Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2019 These liturgies for Sunday, February 24, 2019, were written as part of the worship series "From Glory to Glory: Following the Spirit from Epiphany to Transfiguration." They were written with the Special Session of General Conference (UMC) in mind, and weaving together the lectionary texts with the fruit of … Continue reading Sowing Seeds of Resurrection Life
By Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2019 The United Methodist Church is preparing for a special Called Session of General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, next week to pray, worship, discuss, discern, deliberate, and vote on several possible plans for how we might move forward as a denomination that is deeply divided over the extent to … Continue reading A Blessing for Delegates to General Conference
by Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2019 Based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Call to Worship One: It would be more convenient to be independent, lone ranger Christians who can find our own path, not beholden to others or woven into their lives in any significant way. Many: But we are the body of Christ, and individually … Continue reading One Body, Many Members: Liturgy for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany
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.
By Rev. Kerry Greenhill 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 … Continue reading Ask a Liturgy Nerd: Rev. Kerry Answers Your Worship Questions