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Marcia McFee

Change 1/3: Change is Good...You Change First!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)
In my 20 years of worship consultation, I have found that many churches invite me to come help them navigate, negotiate and mediate the uncomfortable situations that occur when worship change unearths larger issues.



Did you notice how I just put that?  I said, “uncomfortable situations that occur when worship change unearths larger issues.” I have found that conflict about worship is rarely just about worship. More likely, something “lies beneath,” such as fear, a power struggle, issues of identity, or grief over a bygone era. Those candlesticks endowed with the memorial plaque commemorating Aunt Betty (stalwart saint of the church) become much more than candlesticks. They become a symbol of “what was,” and changing them out for something else for a Sunday or season can all of a sudden create an intensity not anticipated. A change in the order of worship can take on more anxiety than an earthquake because it can feel like things are shifting out of control.

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The Rev. Frederick Buechner

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Foolishness

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

On March 8, 2015 we will celebrate The Third Sunday in Lent. Here is this week's reading from the book of 1 Corinthians:

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February 27, 2015

A Far More Honest View

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

A short excerpt from the novel "On the Road with the Archangel"
Marcia McFee Article

February 26, 2015

The Deepest Things

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

How do we connect to one another in such a busy, distant world during that one precious hour on Sunday mornings? This article suggests how to start tearing down the walls that keep us from connecting with one another.
The Rev. Frederick Buechner Article

February 23, 2015

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Abraham, Sarah, and Laughter

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 1, 2015 we will celebrate The Second Sunday in Lent.
The Rev. James Ellis III Article

February 23, 2015

Even Though They Die

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Columbia Theological Seminary's Steve Hayner succumbed to pancreatic cancer on January 31, 2015. He wore many hats throughout an illustrious career, but more than anything else aided others in traversing the good and bad times of faith in Christ. He leaves loved ones, yes, but also a rich legacy of faith, hope, and love.
The Rev. Frederick Buechner Article

February 20, 2015

To Wait For Christ

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

To wait for Christ to come in his fullness is above all else to act in Christ's stead as fully as we know how.
Marcia McFee Article

February 19, 2015

Brainstorming 4/4: Cleaning Up After the Storm

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Now that you have all these great ideas for your upcoming worship series, where do you go from here? This article is about taking the next steps toward realizing your team's vision.
The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Article

February 16, 2015

Establish the Work of Our Hands

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Benjamin Pratt shares a beautiful, touching poem about seeing his father in his own two hands. Be sure to look out for Ben's new book, Short Stuff from a Tall Guy, coming out Feb. 23, 2015!
The Rev. Frederick Buechner Article

February 13, 2015

Letting an Empty Place Open Up

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

Rev. Buechner discusses part of his writing process.