Worship Bulletins Help You Grow

Worship Bulletins Help You Grow

I carry a bulletin in my childhood Bible. I was twelve years old when a Father’s Day bulletin was handed out at my church. 

 
It was the same year my dad discovered his love for alcohol that didn’t end for 35 years. But that love affair with alcohol was replaced with the love and grace of Jesus. 
 
My dad and I reconciled, and our relationship, because of Christ, was restored for another 10 years until He went to be with His Savior.
 
The weekend of his funeral, I was looking through my childhood Bible and came across the bulletin that showed an image of a dad with his daughter, along with the Scripture:
 
Love is patient; love is kind….
Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4, 8 (NIV)
 
This passage spoke to me about my dad’s love for me, and about my Heavenly Father’s love for my dad. God’s love never failed my dad, and His love doesn’t fail me.
 
I probably just stuck that bulletin in my Bible and didn’t take it out for any specific reason, but I’m grateful it was there, because now it has a richness and greater depth of significance. 
 
As Christians, we never reach perfection this side of heaven. Naturally, then we continue to grow in our faith until that day when we are united with Christ. 
 
Worship bulletins are one instrument churches can use to help us grow our faith. Combining striking images, artwork, Scripture, and original prose, bulletins remind us of God’s eternal truth, His never-ending love, and His desire for all of us to grow in His likeness:
 
Communion bulletins help me grow with the prayer: 

A Communion Prayer
 Lord, how can we thank you enough for your sacrifice? 
 Do not let us take communion for granted today, 
 but let us realize the greatness of 
 Your gift-the greatness of Your love. Amen.

 
With refreshing images, lettering, and the words of Matthew 1:21, this Christmas bulletin sets a tone of peace and newness:
 
She will give birth to a son, 
and you are to give him the name Jesus, 
because he will save his people from their sins.
 
With its snapshots of serving together, cooking together, working together, and praying together, I’m reminded:
 
We’re more than a church…we’re a family.
 
Cast in front of a beautiful image of the seashore shadowed against the sunset, these glorious lyrics written by Bill Gaither tell me He makes me whole:
 
Shackled by a heavy burden,
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame;
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same….
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole.
 
The Ash Wednesday bulletin reflects the prayer of my heart penned by King David:
 
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 
 
I’m thankful a bulletin from so long ago helped me grow in my faith. They can do today what they did for me.


About the Author


Tammy TilleyTammy Tilley has compiled and edited numerous books, has written for dozens of print and digital publications, and even co-founded a lifestyle magazine for the town where she once lived. Currently she lives in Anderson, Indiana where she is an adjunct writing instructor at Anderson University and an editor and writer for Warner Press.