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28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #27

In these last few installments, we're looking at how to transition to the message. One simple way to segue to the sermon is by using scripture text that the pastor's message is based on. I touched on this segue last week by suggesting using video to present the scripture. That's one option.Another o Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #26

Connecting to the Message, Part 2A few segues ago, we talked about the ins and outs, literally, of using videos. In that case, the clip was the service element we were transitioning to and from. But now we're using a video to get us to the next thing: the message.Since the decisions for this segue a Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #25

For our last four segues, we'll be looking at elements we've already discussed but using them to transition to the message. #25 is prayer.Prayer before the message does a few things: 1) It gives time for people to prepare, both in their hearts and head. 2) It invites the Holy Spirit to work through Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #24

In segue #23 - Videos, part 1, we talked about how to keep the beginning and end of video clips from boogering your service. Part two is a discussion on the DOs and DON'Ts of verbally transitioning the video.DO: If it is a movie clip, give enough background for people to understand the context.DON'T Read More...

28 Ways To Create Great Segues: #23

At my first full-time ministry job, I was the youth and worship guy at a two-pastor church. By default, that also meant I was the substitute sermon guy. (Have you ever noticed senior pastors aren't into quid pro quo? They never act as the substitute youth-talk guy. Studies show this is actually Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #22

I once attended a Sunday evening service at Parkside Church near Cleveland to hear Alistair Begg preach. A Scottish accent always makes a sermon better. It was a typical traditional pre-service time with soft music, dim lights and people chit-chatting with folks they hadn't seen for at least a week. Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #21

We've been talking about the "pre-service." I suggested in the last post that the pre-service time is one big transition time - comprised of several of small segues - that moves people into our worship gatherings.We can try to spiritualize this time, but let's just be honest: it's sometimes like her Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #17 - 20

Segues #17 - 20: The Pre-Service, Part 1I look at the pre-service time as one big segue: it's a sequence of elements used to transition people into corporate worship. The issue with most churches in American culture is this: the majority of people don't actually come into the service until right at Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: Segue #16

Vision and mission are two big buzz words that keep buzzing. They sometimes take on new forms or variation, like "missional" and "purpose." And they all get attached to a "statement." At worst, a church's vision/mission/purpose statement is ripped off from another church and then slapped on a banner Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: Segue #15 (part 2)

In part one, we looked at some of the potential pitfalls that can lead up to the offering. And we also looked at ways to prepare our people and flow smoothly into it. Part two is going to give some more suggestions for flowing in, out and through the offering time. Some may work for you, others coul Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: Segue #15 (part 1)

"We'll be taking the offering in a few moments." [hint to ushers: please come to the front]Some off the cuff announcements, then, "And now, as the ushers come forward, we'll be giving our tithes and offering." [hint to ushers, PLEASE come to the front].Pause. The pastor looks back to see the one ush Read More...

28 Ways to Make Great Segues - An Intermission

We’ve just progressed through 14 different segues that can move us between songs. We’re shifting now to look at segues between non-musical parts of the worship service. Many of the transitions we looked at in the first half of the 28 will re-emerge in the second Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: Segue #14

Segue #14: A Talking TransitionWords are very unnecessarythey can only do harm~"Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche ModeFrom #13 to #14 we swing from silence as a segue to a talking transition. Honestly, after my bumbling beginnings as a young worship leader, I took the Depeche Mode lyrics to heart-- Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: Segue #13

Segue #13 - Selah Selah is one of those words that scholars guess at, kinda like how we guess at what's going on with Donald Trump's hair. I like how the Amplified Bible describes it: pause, and think of that. Selah that is, not the Don's bangs.Our cultural ADD doesn't do "pause and ponder" well. We Read More...

28 Ways to Create Great Segues: Segue #12, pt.2

Segue #12 - Scripture, part 2We talked in part 1 about why scripture is a "segue on steroids." Now let's look at how we can use this muscle to carry us between songs.A Connector of ThemesThis Sunday we're singing Crown Him With Many Crowns and then moving into Hillsong's Hosanna. Hosanna's lyrics ar Read More...

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