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, something that we have done annually since 2017.
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 foundational beliefs would you like to explore in worship? What ideas can we glean from other churches and adapt them to Lake Harbor?
Our goal is to plan worship for one year, starting with Advent 2023 and going through November 2024. 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 2023 (last updated 8/27/23)
*Lake Harbor UMC Sermon Series 2023 (Last updated 8/17/23)
Faith in Films 2024 (last updated 8/26/23)
Articles on artificial intelligence:
Movies and television:
Are You There God (article)
Back to the Outback (movie trailer)
Barbie and Ken Go East of Eden (article)
Barbie and Our Reason for Being (article)
How Then Should Men Live (article)
What We Can Learn from Ted Lasso (article)
White Bird (movie trailer)
Wish (movie trailer)
Church attendance or lack thereof:
Other interesting articles:
Sermon series – scripture and synopses (and trailers where available):
Reflecting the Sacred (series preview)