Worship Connection: December 14, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Third Sunday of Advent Lectionary: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, continue on the journey. … read more

Halloween and All Saints' Day

By Andrea Murdock
This week has two holidays: Halloween and All Saints’ Day. History and tradition tell us that these two holidays developed both separately and together. Celebrations of the… read more

Worship for Kids: December 7, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-11. Children are confused by the profusion of poetic images in this familiar Advent prophecy and generally tune out before… read more

Worship Connection: December 7, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3: 8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1L: Days are getting darker. P: Who will… read more

Worship Elements: December 7, 2014

By Deborah Sokolove
Second Sunday of Advent COLOR: Blue or PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 THEME IDEAS In these readings, we… read more

Pagan holiday? NJ school district cancels, reinstates Halloween celebrations

By Jessica Mazzola / Religion News Service
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (RNS) A New Jersey elementary school canceled and reinstated its Halloween celebration this week in a debate that reflects societal ambivalence about the… read more

Reformation Sunday: A day to celebrate?

By Mike Poteet
If your congregation sings Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” in worship on October 26, it won't be alone. Many Protestant churches mark the… read more

Worship Connection: November 30, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
First Sunday of Advent Theme: Yearning for the Light. Lectionary: Isaiah 64:1-8; Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19; Mark 13:24-37 Premise: We have just come from the Thanksgiving Celebrations … read more

Worship for Kids: November 30, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 64:1-9. The abstract theological language and poetic imagery of this passage are hard for children to understand. But its… read more

Worship Elements: November 30, 2014

By Peter Bankson
Color: Blue or PurpleScripture Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Theme Ideas Advent begins with shadows of tension between… read more

Have you been led?

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
“Have you been led by God?” my friend asked. He sipped his coffee and stared intently at me while waiting for a response. “Yes, I believe so,” I responded. … read more

Rediscovering worship in the Old Testament

By Brian Sigmon
Be honest. You read that title and expected me to talk about sacrificing goats, didn’t you? Before you start reminding me of Hosea 6:6 or Christ’s once-for-all… read more
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