Worship Elements: May 22, 2016

By Jamie D. Greening
Trinity Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 THEME IDEAS In Proverbs, Wisdom calls out like a wise… read more

3 ways to move beyond the survival dance

By Laurie Haller
It’s the largest wooded city park in the United States. Forest Park is just minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon and has seventy rolling miles of single track, dirt and… read more

What is spiritual direction?

By Jill M. Johnson
My first encounter with spiritual direction was unintentional. After engaging in a spiritual conversation with the owner of the Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast where I was… read more

Charismatic movement gains as Church of England sputters

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
(RNS) Church closings are nothing new in this country. In the past six years, 168 Church of England churches have closed, along with 500 Methodist and 100 Roman Catholic … read more

If you want to create great things, stop punishing failure

By Len Wilson
How do you react when someone messes up? Say you work with or lead others in a group setting. Or this could apply to your family member, too. How you react could make all the… read more

Worship for Kids: Pentecost 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Acts 2:1-21. This passage tells of the giving of the Holy Spirit and is the key story for Pentecost Sunday. Because children will have trouble… read more

Worship Connection: Pentecost 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Pentecost COLOR: RedSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 (25-27) CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Come, Holy… read more

Worship Elements: Pentecost 2016

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Pentecost COLOR: RedSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 (25-27) THEME IDEAS Despite the good news of the… read more

Stop. Rest. Come back to real life. This is the reason for Sabbath

By Kara K. Root
Mark 10:17-31 As a kid growing up in church, I heard this story a lot. And probably from some Sunday school book, I have burned into my memory the image of a ridiculous cartoon… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: When will they pray? Good Friday meditations

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have visited a number of churches in the last few years. Often I wonder during the services, “When are they going to pray?” Every year on… read more

The only free person: Jesus

By Drew McIntyre
The only truly free person who has ever lived is Jesus, the Christ, Son of God. In the 21st century West, we tend to think of freedom negatively as freedom from: from constraint… read more

The mysteries of March

By Cameron Merrill
Sample liturgy for this service is included below. Click the PDF link to download. As we prepare for Holy Week this year, there is a strange little moment that happened last in… read more
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