Worship in today's mainline churches is changing faster than many ministry leaders would like, yet not fast enough to satisfy many laypeople who want to experience something fresh when they attend worship. While older members may resist losing valued traditions, younger people often want things done in new ways. Worship Innovations: Hanging The Greens For Christmas
finds a middle ground with new approaches to valued traditions of holiday worship.
Beginning with a step-by-step guide for initiating a "Hanging the Greens" celebration, Janet Burton offers nine creative, easy-to-produce programs in which all ages of the church family can participate in the process of decorating worship areas for the Advent and Christmas seasons. She also includes five plans for breathing new life into using the Advent wreath. Best of all, these practical ideas are very flexible and easily adapted to fit the worship style of almost any congregation. It's a perfect way to usher in the holiday season and prepare for the birth of the Savior In this sage book, Janet Burton gives an exhaustive study and ideas for any church to make Hanging of the Greens a worshipful, meaningful experience. It is chock-full of biblical insights.
Dr. W.E. (Bill) Thorn
Nationally known pastor, evangelist, speaker, and humorist The reader will be immediately caught up in Janet Burton's enthusiasm for her subject. You'll find yourself -- as I did -- caught up in Hanging The Greens For Christmas as an excellent option for innovative worship. I am impressed with the variety of approaches... each program is fresh and innovative. And in this day when our families need much nurturing, it's good to see that Janet Burton has used the opportunity to make a strong family emphasis in her presentations.
Rev. J. Kenneth Robinson
Writer and minister of music and education Janet Burton
has been a pastor's wife and Christian educator for 45 years. For 20 of those years she served as Minister of Education at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, where her husband was pastor. She has been a regular faculty leader in the area of adult ministries at Glorieta Baptist Conference Center, and in churches throughout Texas, New Mexico, and other midwest and southern states. Author of three books and a contributor to five others, Mrs. Burton's specialty is Sunday School Bible study curriculum. She has 17 quarters of lessons and many articles to her credit. In addition, she has contributed weekly or monthly columns to three Christian newspapers. Burton studied Christian education at Wheaton College in Illinois, and at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.