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2024 Worship Planning Retreat

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 is due largely to the work done prior to the retreat. We seek input using prompts from an article, “Planning One Year of Big Idea Sermons” by Dave Ferguson. Members recall 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? Call the church office at 231-798-2181 to find out how you can submit your ideas on a Google form.

Our goal is to plan worship for one year, starting with Advent 2024 and going through November 2025. 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 Planning Retreat Prep 2024 (last updated 6-20-24)*

Lake Harbor UMC Sermon Series 2024 (last updated 6-12-24)

Movies and television:

Bluey. Watch on YouTube. Related article: “Bluey’s Crisis of Faith”


Inside Out 2 Related article: Inside Out 2 – Pixar’s Vision of Teenage Turmoil


Perfect Days


Are you exercising judgment or being judgy?

JOY 99 Bethlehem – Psalm 23

Making Sense of Life’s Storms A How to Guide by Job Preaching Today

My Disabled Son Is the Image of God Christianity Today