2017 Lenten Resources

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The Miami Valley District is pleased to provide a Lenten worship series based on the work of the churches who participated in the November 2016 (?) Worship Design Seminar led by district staffer and Creative Worship Specialist Jason Moore: Baggage.

Whether you travel by car or by plane, dealing with baggage is never very much fun.  It can be heavy, cumbersome. You have to pack it; and when you’re traveling by air, there’s always the concern it won’t show up on that conveyor to meet you when you arrive.

Along life’s journey we tend to pick up lots of baggage along the way. If the bag is too heavy, the journey is more difficult than it has to be.  If the bag is too light, you might not have all that you need.  Put the right stuff in the wrong bag, and it can be awkward to carry and the content might get damaged.  Pick the right bag, but pack the wrong content, and you’re out of luck.  It turns out, having the right bag packed with the right content makes all the difference. 

Over the next six weeks, we’re going to take a look at six stories, and six bags connected to each of them. We’ll see how Jesus shows up in each story and in each of our lives to help us deal with our baggage

Here’s what is included in the final resource set:

  1. Intro/promo video (above)
  2. Weekly graphics (below)
  3. Bulletin covers 
  4. Facebook cover image
  5. Worship Creative guide including:
    •  Calls to worship, 
    •  Prayers
    •  Exegetical Notes
    •  Music and Movie suggestions
    •  Other creative ideas
  6. Discipleship resources

 

Download the complete set of resources in one file. 

COMPLETE RESOURCE SET (614MB):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-complete

 

Download just the instructions and promo materials. 

BAGGAGE - INSTRUCTIONS INTRO & PROMO STUFF (465):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-instructions

 

WEEK 1

Download just week 1’s resources. 

BAGGAGE – WEEK 1 (28MB):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-week1

Week 1 borrows from the Boy Scouts of America and their motto to always Be Prepared. In this story we find Jesus in the wilderness with Satan facing temptation after temptation. Jesus comes prepared and figuratively pulls from his backpack all of the answers (scriptures) to twart Satan's challenges.

Based on Matthew 4:1-11

 

WEEK 2

Download just week 2’s resources. 

BAGGAGE – WEEK 2 (24MB):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-week2

Week 2 introduces the gym bag as the main image. For anyone willing to commit, the gym represents a place of transformation. This week's story finds Nicodemus and Jesus engaging in a powerful conversation. Jesus tells Nicodemus what's required to be transformed. 

Based on John 3:1-17

 

WEEK 3

Download just week 3’s resources. 

BAGGAGE – WEEK 3(25MB):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-week3

Week 3's bag is filled with laundry - dirty laundry. In our story for the week, we find Jesus thirsty and in need of drink. He finds a Samaritan woman at the well and asks her for a drink. She is taken aback as Jews and samaritan woman don't normally share anything. Jesus shares with the woman that he knows all of her dirty laundry, yet instead of condemnation, he offers her living water. 

Based on John 4:5-42

 

WEEK 4

Download just week 4’s resources. 

BAGGAGE – WEEK 4(23MB):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-week4

Week 4 encourages us to see things from God's picture perfect perspective. The bag of the week is a camera bag, and the story features Jesus restoring sight to a blind man. This miraculous helps the man see things through a completely different lens.

Based on John 9:1-41 (John 9:1-12, 35-41)

 

WEEK 5 

Download just week 5’s resources. 

BAGGAGE – WEEK 5(24MB):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-week5

Week 5 of the baggage series features a very different kind of bag from the others- a body bag. The story of the week centers on the death and rising up of Lazarus. Just when it seems as all hope is gone, Jesus shows up and brings Lazarus back.

Based on John 11:1-45 (John 11:38-45)

 

WEEK 6

Download just week 6’s resources.

BAGGAGE – WEEK 5(25MB):

http://tinyurl.com/baggage-series-week6

Week 6 of the series focuses on Palm Sunday. The bag of the week is a party bag, and captures the celebratory atmosphere of Jesus' triumphal entry.

Based on Matthew 21:1-11