Worship Elements: February 21, 2016

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Second Sunday in Lent COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17–4:1; Luke 13:31-35 THEME IDEAS Today’s… read more

Why United Methodists baptize babies

By John Lomperis
Much of the confusion infant baptism causes across the theological spectrum could be eased if pastors and others could make some brief clarifying remarks about what this sacrament … read more

Drama kings

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I’ve been to a lot of church meetings where the drama has been over the top. Tempers rise unchecked. People stomp out of rooms. Or tensions simmer just beneath the surface… read more

Worship for Kids: February 14, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Luke 4:1-13. Each of the three temptations Jesus faced invites a rich variety of interpretations. To children, the first temptation is the… read more

Worship Connection: February 14, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
First Sunday in Lent COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Long… read more

Worship Elements: February 14, 2016

By Matthew J. Packer
First Sunday in Lent COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 THEME IDEAS As we enter the season of Lent… read more

Worshipping through our stories

By Wendy Joyner
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 As part of my ministry, I have been serving as a hospice chaplain for a number of years now. When I stop to reflect on the things I have learned in walking… read more

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
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