7 tips for offering gluten-free Communion

By Christy Thomas
In my retired life, I wander from church to church on Sunday mornings. When I was serving a church, I celebrated Holy Communion weekly, knowing I needed the sacrament for the sake … read more

Worship for Kids: December 14, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Today's theme is joy. To children, it seems that Christmas joy is based on the parties, presents, decorations, and family visits. It will take work to … read more

Worship Connection: December 14, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Third Sunday of Advent Lectionary: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, continue on the journey. … read more

Halloween and All Saints' Day

By Andrea Murdock
This week has two holidays: Halloween and All Saints’ Day. History and tradition tell us that these two holidays developed both separately and together. Celebrations of the… read more

Worship for Kids: December 7, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-11. Children are confused by the profusion of poetic images in this familiar Advent prophecy and generally tune out before… read more

Worship Connection: December 7, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3: 8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1L: Days are getting darker. P: Who will… read more

Worship Elements: December 7, 2014

By Deborah Sokolove, Worship Elements
Second Sunday of Advent COLOR: Blue or PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 THEME IDEAS In these readings, we… read more

Pagan holiday? NJ school district cancels, reinstates Halloween celebrations

By Jessica Mazzola / Religion News Service
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (RNS) A New Jersey elementary school canceled and reinstated its Halloween celebration this week in a debate that reflects societal ambivalence about the… read more

Reformation Sunday: A day to celebrate?

By Mike Poteet
If your congregation sings Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” in worship on October 26, it won't be alone. Many Protestant churches mark the… read more

Worship Connection: November 30, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
First Sunday of Advent Theme: Yearning for the Light. Lectionary: Isaiah 64:1-8; Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19; Mark 13:24-37 Premise: We have just come from the Thanksgiving Celebrations … read more

Worship for Kids: November 30, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 64:1-9. The abstract theological language and poetic imagery of this passage are hard for children to understand. But its… read more

Worship Elements: November 30, 2014

By Peter Bankson, Worship Elements
Color: Blue or PurpleScripture Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Theme Ideas Advent begins with shadows of tension between… read more
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