Anchored and free

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
In his spiritual autobiography, A Song of Ascents, written in 1968 at the age of 83, E. Stanley Jones reflects on an insight that came to him earlier in life: "I was free; free to … read more

Is the star of Bethlehem for real?

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) The famous "star of wonder, star of night," the focus of more than one Christmas song, hangs over every creche and sits atop most Christmas trees. What was the astronomical… read more

Worship for Kids: February 7, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANYTRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD From a Child's Point of View We seldom choose to tell children the two stories that are the focal point of today's texts… read more

Worship Elements: February 7, 2016

By Shelley Cunningham
Transfiguration Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2; Luke 9:28-36 THEME IDEAS “Mountaintop… read more

Worship Connection: February 7, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2; Luke 9:28-36 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Lord, you have called… read more

The death of pessimism (A reflection on Luke)

By David F. Watson
Two thousand years ago, in a small town in a backwater province on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire, a child was born. His birth was foretold in the prophecy of Isaiah:… read more

Worship for Kids: January 31, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:4-10. God knew Jeremiah before he was born and had a plan for him. God assured Jeremiah that he was capable of following the … read more

Worship Connection: January 31, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30THEME: LIGHT: The Light of… read more

Worship Elements: January 31, 2016

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30 THEME IDEAS Being a prophet is… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Public hypocrites and the way of Jesus

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have a question about praying in public and the Scripture verse from Matthew 6:5. There is a man that dresses in a bright neon yellow robe at night… read more

Worship for Kids: January 24, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10. Before children can understand all the excitement and tears in this story, they must know what the Law is… read more

Worship Connection: January 24, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Color: Green Scripture Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 Calls to Worship Call to Worship #1 L: God's glory is… read more
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