Worship Elements: December 28, 2014

By Ministry Matters, Worship Elements
First Sunday After Christmas Scripture Readings: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalms 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 Call to Worship L: The word comes forth from the mouth of God!A… read more

Giving thanks and thankful giving

By Greg Paul
Thanksgiving may be the last communal and contemplative annual event in North America. Ramadan is for Muslims; Passover, Yom Kippur and other holy days are observed by Jews;… read more

Review: ‘Worship Ways for the People Within Your Reach’

By William H. Willimon
For a long time now, Tom Bandy has been a trusted coach and mentor to many of us who pray and work for a revitalized church. His books have lit a fire under countless… read more

Worship for Kids: Epiphany Sunday 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12. The details of this story are often missed in children's Christmas pageants, when wise men simply follow the star to the… read more

Worship Connection: Epiphany Sunday 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12  CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Darkness is banished! P:… read more

Worship Elements: Epiphany Sunday 2015

By Joanne Carlson Brown, Worship Elements
Epiphany Sunday Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Theme Ideas In the Northern Hemisphere, we are experiencing … read more

Worship Connection: Epiphany Sunday 2015 (Option 2)

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Epiphany of the Lord COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 THEME The Light of a Star CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to… read more

Worship Elements: Epiphany Sunday 2015 (Option 2)

By Mary Petrina Boyd, Worship Elements
Epiphany of the Lord COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 THEME IDEAS The light of God’s love shines brightly … read more

Worship Helps: Epiphany of the Lord

By Ministry Matters
Calls to Worship (Adapted from Isaiah 60: 1-7 written by *Margaret K. Schwarzer) Leader: "Arise, shine; for your light has… read more

Worship Connection: December 28, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Lectionary: Isaiah 61:10--62:3; Psalm 148 (UMH 861); Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40. CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Praise be to God who has given God’s light to us… read more

Why worship is a royal waste of time

By Marva J. Dawn
Many times we highlight what worship accomplishes in the life of the church or how well its style connects with us, but this assumes worship is for us instead of for God. In this… read more

Hope is in the holler

By A. Elaine Brown Crawford
Isaiah 40:1-11 During the funeral service of the civil rights icon Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, Bishop Woodie White preached a brilliant sermon on the topic “Leaving or Going.” … read more
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