Worship Connection: October 12, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Lectionary: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: When the Lord calls us to the banquet, we get puffed up… read more

John Wesley's rule of life

By Clifton Stringer
John Wesley is a saint. He wasn't sinless, though I think he is now. He lived life in the throes of God's grace to a degree and with a level of zeal that let him accomplish… read more

God with us

By Tracey Allred
Exodus 17:1-7 There are many parts of the Bible that I wish I could have experienced firsthand. I would love to meet individuals like Abraham, Esther, Samuel, Rahab, David, and so … read more

Worship Connection: October 5, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3-4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:Come away from the rush and worry of the world to… read more

Worship Elements: October 5, 2014

By Bill Hoppe
17th Sunday after Pentecost / World Communion Sunday COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46… read more

Worship Elements: September 28, 2014

By Shelley Cunningham
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Theme Ideas What does being a servant look like? Philippians describes… read more

Worship Elements: September 21, 2014

By Hans Holznagel
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 Theme Ideas Complaining to God is not always bad. In the wilderness, it… read more

Worship Connection: September 21, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: In the midst of the… read more

Not every sermon needs to mention Jesus

By Tom Fuerst
A few years ago I was preaching a sermon from an Old Testament text filled with lots of symbolism, cultural background, great theology, and, of course, misunderstanding. I walked… read more

The Way to a Nation's Heart

By Thomas R. Steagald
Exodus 12:1-14 Holidays are like every other day, only more so. People travel everyday; they just travel more for holidays. People have reunions every day, get together with… read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

7 easy ways to put a ‘Not Welcome’ sign on your church

By Ron Edmondson
I was running recently on a route I’ve run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too “good” not to stop and take a picture with my … read more
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