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
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+ clergy, with stricter and … 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
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!
Rev. Kerry's latest liturgy, based on this week's lectionary reading from John 3.
Are you looking for a way to invite children deeper into discipleship this year? Our new curriculum, Experiencing Jesus, explores the stories of people who met Jesus through seven weeks of lessons for Lent plus Easter Sunday. By learning about the experiences the biblical characters had of Jesus, young disciples will make connections with their … Continue reading New Lenten Curriculum: Experiencing Jesus
Are you looking for Advent materials that draw new insights out of the familiar texts in ways that help your congregation connect the story of Christmas to their own life stories?
Homily shared at the noon Ash Wednesday service at Lakewood United Methodist Church, February 10, 2016, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill Psalm 51:1-17 We live in a culture that does not encourage truth-telling. There is so much more pleasure in a well-told story, whether in a novel or on TV or in a theater, with linear … Continue reading Ash Wednesday: The Gift of Disillusionment, by Rev. Kerry
Sometimes celebrated as the "birthday of the church," Pentecost (May 24, 2015) is a wonderful Sunday to invoke the Holy Spirit. Images of flames, doves, and wind can help those in worship visualize the divine and enliven the imagination. The more you can engage multiple senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell) and people's bodies through … Continue reading Pentecost Liturgy
As we journey through Lent and prepare for the high holy days from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, we here at Sacred Stones Ministries want to help you make the most of a season that can be a “thin place” between the earthly realm and the in-breaking realm of God. So as part of our … Continue reading Five Tips for a More Meaningful Holy Week, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill