For more than twenty years, Lake Harbor has taken a collaborative approach to planning worship. Planning for a whole year just takes this collaborative process to the next level. In September 2017, our Worship Connections Team gathered for a very productive two-day retreat to plan worship for 2018. It has become an annual event.
Each retreat’s success was due largely to the work done prior to the retreat. We sought input using prompts from an article, “Planning One Year of Big Idea Sermons” by Dave Ferguson. Members recalled the conversations they have had with people in and outside the church. What needs to be addressed? What needs are not being talked about, but should be? How can we approach seasonal series, like Lent and Advent, in a fresh way? What ideas can we glean from other churches and adapt them to Lake Harbor?
Covid changed how we “do church.” Sunday morning worship, small groups, mission work, and worship planning look different than they did just eighteen months ago. People who might never have stepped through our doors are worshiping with us online, attending a small group, or joining us for a parking lot activity. In some ways, Covid forced us to do church differently (better) to carry out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Our goal is to plan worship for one year, starting with Advent 2021 and going through November 2022. A single yet to be determined year-long theme will drive the planning. Please prepare by reading the background information* below and anything else that will help you prepare.
*LHUMC Worship Retreat Preparation 2021 last updated 9/1/21
Lake Harbor UMC Sermon Series last updated 9/1/21
Worship Planning Retreat Agenda Sept 2021 – tentative last updated 9/1/21
Here is what we came up with:
2022 Worship (PDF)
2022 Worship (Word document)
And pictures of the retreat: