Worship Elements: August 28, 2016

By Rebecca Gaudino
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Color: Green Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14 Theme Ideas The Scripture… read more

Worship Elements: August 21, 2016

By Jamie D. Greening
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Color: Green Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 Theme Ideas Luke's gospel uses the… read more

Worship for Kids: August 21, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:4-10. The story of God's call to Jeremiah speaks pointedly to children at the beginning of a school year. With help from the … read more

Worship Connection: August 21, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship… read more

Worship Elements: August 14, 2016

By Sara Dunning Lambert
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Hebrews 11:29–12:2; Luke 12:49-56 THEME IDEAS The image of … read more

Worship for Kids: August 14, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm: 80:1-2, 8-19. Both Old Testament texts speak of Israel as a grapevine. Isaiah speaks of a vine that has not met… read more

Worship Connection: August 14, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Hebrews 11:29–12:2; Luke 12:49-56 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to … read more

The heartbeat of God

By Deborah Lieder Kiesey
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey delivered the 2016 Episcopal Address [to the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church]. After forty-two years of ministry she… read more

The immediately slow work of repentance

By Greg Moore, Cameron Merrill
The liturgical service "A Prayer Vigil for Justice & Peace" is available at the bottom of this article as a downloadable PDF.  “Every one, though born of God in an … read more

How do we pray for our wounded, divided nation?

By David Gushee / Religion News Service
After Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas, what are people of faith supposed to do? Especially: what does leadership of faith communities look like in a moment like this? One thing… read more

Worship Connection: July 31, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship… read more

Worship Elements: July 31, 2016

By J. Wayne Pratt
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 THEME IDEAS These readings… read more
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