Reclaiming Our Call
Lenten Worship Resources

Happy New Year!

The Christian Church in Illinois and Wisconsin and the Christian Church in Michigan have partnered together to create a worship and preaching resource for you to use this Lent. The resource is focused on helping you and the community you serve to use Lent as an opportunity to think deeply about the transformations we long for in our lives, churches, communities, and in the world.

“Reclaiming Our Call” is rooted in the idea of using reclaimed lumber in building and furniture making. Wood that was once harvested and transformed into a barn, or a factory floor, can be repurposed to make furniture, decorations, flooring, and more. With a little imagination and a lot of prayer, I believe we can transform the areas of our lives and our faith that have been worn down, and recreate a vibrant and beautiful expression of God’s continuing call on our lives, our churches, and the communities in which we live.

The resources offered in “Reclaiming Our Call” include a scripture-based call to worship, opening prayer, a scripture suggestion, hymn suggestions, and preaching prompts following a theme for each Sunday in Lent as well as resources for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. The weekly themes are available now to help you with your planning CLICK HERE However, we also feel it is important to create a community of support as we embark on this transformational journey together.

So, I will be hosting weekly “preaching circles” where we can come together and discuss what we feel God is saying to each of us through the upcoming text. We can share our stories and hone our messages with our friends and colleagues in ministry. The preaching circles will be held weekly on Tuesday beginning March 1st at noon and 6:30pm Central (1pm and 7:30pm Eastern). Registration for the daytime circle is available at: and registration for the evening circle is available at : After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The downloadable “Reclaiming Our Call” resource will be available on the CCIW website by February 14th. Or, you can sign up to receive a PDF copy of the resource by email at: If you would like more information or would like to share a story of transformation for possible inclusion in the resource, please contact Associate Regional Minister for Transformation, Alex Ruth at [email protected].

September 12, 2021 in Featured, Ministries, Regional, Transformation

CCIW Announces New Associate Regional Minister for Transformation

Bloomington IL - The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) announces the new Associate Regional Minister for Transformation, Rev. Dr. Alex Ruth. Rev. Dr. Alex Ruth…
Read More
August 13, 2019 in Events, New Day, Transformation

New Day Retreat 2.0

Another New Day Retreat 2.0 Our next New Day retreat will be offered at Lake Williamson near Carlinville - October 11-12. This will be our first time to offer New Day…
Read More
April 4, 2019 in Thrive, Transformation

This Thrive workshop is for you: Becoming a People of Creative Action – Transforming Communities

Are you a leader or member of a church who is concerned with the disconnect between your congregation and your community? Are you interested in solutions to help your congregation…
Read More
March 12, 2019 in Thrive

How Has Your Congregation Changed?

Many historic Protestant churches lost their way when the ground beneath their feet began to shift in the last part of the 20th century. Back then, congregations became confused about…
Read More
October 8, 2018 in New Day, news, Transformation

Becoming a People of Welcome

On Saturday, November 3 (10 am to 4 pm), you’re invited to join us at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois. Ruth Fletcher, a well-known Disciples minister will be with…
Read More
August 20, 2018 in New Day, news, Regional

It’s time you had a spiritual retreat!

Join us Friday, September 14 – Saturday, September 15 – our 2018 New Day retreat at First Christian Church in Bloomington. This retreat is welcoming, it’s invitational, it’s warm, safe…
Read More