John Wesley, mysticism and enthusiasm

By Clifton Stringer
If the report below is correct, John Wesley is a mystic who hated “mysticism.” Further, he offers a rigorous and transformative mystical spirituality that guards… read more

Worship for Kids: June 7, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15), 16-20 (11:14-15). The questions about political power raised by this text are important and fascinating to… read more

Worship Connection: June 7, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Second Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15); Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1; Mark 3:20-35 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship… read more

Worship Elements: June 7, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Second Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15); Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Call to Worship: L: Let… read more

Worship for Kids: May 31, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
Trinity Sunday Note: Trinity is not a particularly easy concept for most adults, and it is even more challenging for children.  From a Child's Point of View Old Testament:… read more

Worship Elements: May 31, 2015

By Rebecca Gaudino
Trinity Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 THEME IDEAS All of our texts this Sunday speak of God in mysterious and ultimate … read more

Worship Connection: May 31, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Trinity Sunday and Peace with Justice Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Great is… read more

Whom are you looking for?

By Adam Thomas
This morning we walk with Mary Magdalene to the tomb and find it empty. And yet our emptiness doesn’t last for long because Jesus, the Risen Christ, stands there, shining… read more

Worship Connection: May 24, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Pentecost Sunday COLOR: Red SCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15;Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Pentecost is one of the most exciting days in our… read more

Worship for Kids: May 24, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Acts 2:1-21 Children are more interested in the story of Pentecost than in Peter's sermon. Before reading the story, help them recognize the… read more

Maundy Thursday: The good news emerges from the bad

By Allan R. Bevere
Few holidays in ancient Judaism evoked more joy and celebration than Passover. In a typical month, the population of Jerusalem in Jesus' day hovered around 80,000. During the time … read more

Holy experimentation

By Steve Harper
Years ago, I heard Richard Foster say that prayer is to the spiritual life what experimentation is to science. In early Christianity, the monastic communities understood this, and … read more
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