Worship Elements: Epiphany of the Lord

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Epiphany of the Lord  Friday January 6, 2017  Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Theme Ideas In the… read more

Worship for Kids: January 8, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17. Children easily follow the action in this story as it is read. When they are reminded that one purpose of baptism is naming… read more

Worship for Kids: January 1, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23. The story of the flight into Egypt is the key text for children today. It offers in a story what the other texts explore in… read more

Worship Connection: January 1, 2017

By Nancy C. Townley
First Sunday after Christmas Color: White Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: Let … read more

Worship Elements: January 1, 2017

By Ministry Matters
First Sunday after Christmas Color: White Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23 Theme Ideas The psalmist puts it well:… read more

Advent: Finding our unity in Jesus

By Mike Slaughter
Advent is the ideal time for Jesus followers of all political persuasions and partisan alliances after this difficult election cycle to set aside our differences, coming together… read more

A season of preparation

By Rose Taylor
Christians today (especially those who follow the liturgical calendar) observe the season of Advent as a time of expectation, preparation and celebration leading up to Christmas… read more

Worship Connection: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 2)

By Nancy C. Townley
Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20.  [Tonight’s Christmas Eve Service is based on the song… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 4)

By Bill Hoppe
COLOR: White or GoldSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS Darkness is overcome by light; despair gives way to… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 1)

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas
Color: White or Gold Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 Theme Ideas Christmas Eve is a night of joyful celebration, a night to shout… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 2)

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Christmas Eve COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS The magic of this night is the magic of promises fulfilled: the magic… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 3)

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Christmas Eve 2015 (Option 3) COLOR: White or GoldSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS The message of God’s incarnate love is… read more
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