Doug Haney

Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor. There was a period of several years at Wilshire when the heading at the top of every worship order read: “The Worship of God.” That’s what we say we are doing when we gather in the Wilshire Sanctuary. But what does...

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Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor.   Today is the first Sunday of Christmas or Christmastide, meaning we continue to revel in the season of Christmas just a bit longer. (The song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” hints at this tradition even...

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Preparing for Worship

Preparing For Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor. One summer I flew to Texas Tech University in Lubbock for a conducting seminar. Looking down from the airplane I was fascinated to see scores of wind turbines, the long blades rotating, converting the kinetic...

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Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor.   Today is the first Sunday of the season of Lent. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, there are 40 days in Lent and six Sundays for a total of 46 days that lead us to Easter Sunday. In the small Baptist church in...

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Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor Come to the banquet hall. A place is set for you. O come and sit awhile. This gift is free. In my childhood Baptist church in a small town in north Georgia, the Lord’s Supper was only served four times year and only...

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Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor.  This Sunday morning’s opening hymn, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” is a wonderful Welsh hymn with theologically rich lyrics set to a singable and distinctive melody. All three stanzas draw on the epic story of...

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Reflections on 15 Months of Online Worship

Reflections of 15 Months of Online Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor When my alarm rings at 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, it will be the first time I’ve set an alarm on a Sunday morning since March 8, 2020. Almost every Friday morning for 15 months I have put on my...

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Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor.  Chiaroscuro. It’s an Italian word that means “light-dark.” I learned that word in an art appreciation class that Lori and I took together when we attended Georgia State University in Atlanta. In our undergraduate...

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Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship - Doug Haney, associate pastor.  On the first Sunday of every month at Wilshire, we celebrate communion. In the Baptist church of my childhood in Alpharetta, Georgia, this was always on Sunday evening and never more than once per quarter. Looking...

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