Renewal - Rattling Bones and Holy Ground

The other week at Advent we had some conversations about renewal and we decided that Ezekiel's vision of dry bones was a great launching point. So we did two things. We weaved into the service a reminders of why we worship as we do. We began this by asking people to remove their shoes because they were standing on Holy Ground. It was great because as expected some people revolted (which was then woven into what I said) . You can read the text that was written for this here 

Then I preached on renewal. God's word and God's breath, reforming us and giving us life. You can read the sermon text here. 

I was amazed, even with the revolt, people seemed to respond quite well. It is amazing what shifting people just slightly out of the usual forms can to to help people re-see what the richness of worship.