More 'Passion' than sense

By Robert Bianco / USA Today
Lord have mercy. There’s nothing new about Passion plays; these theatrical interpretations of the last days of Jesus have been a seasonal staple since the Middle Ages. And… read more

Pray, believe, live: A rural congregation discovers the gift of liturgy

By Jacob Paul Breeze
As a United Methodist pastor, I serve in a denomination that tends to downplay more liturgical forms of worship. Readings from the lectionary, weekly Eucharist and other rites and … read more

Worship Connection: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 2)

By Nancy C. Townley
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: Shout to God with songs… read more

Worship Elements: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 3)

By Ciona Rouse
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 THEME IDEAS Ascension Sunday is a time to recognize God’s… read more

Worship for Kids: Ascension Sunday 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
ASCENSION OF THE LORD From a Child's Point of View Acts 1:1-11. The Ascension story is of interest to children for two reasons. First, it answers the literal-minded questions… read more

Worship Connection: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 1)

By Nancy C. Townley
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 CALLS TO WORSHIP [Note: Churches may be celebrating Easter 7 or Ascension… read more

Worship Elements: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 1)

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 THEME IDEAS Power is a dominant theme in today’s readings: the power … read more

Worship Elements: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 2)

By Leigh Anne Taylor
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 THEME IDEAS Christians confess that Jesus fulfilled the promises … read more

Ascension of the Lord

By Wesley King
Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 Prayer: 35 Let us gather as they gathered on the Mount of Olivet Marilyn E. Thorton © 2008… read more

How to deal with church discipline of felines

By Greg Gregory
In response to my previous diffusion of wisdom, "7 things cats do to sabotage church," Laodocean Luke writes: Aww man this is truth in its rarest form. Our church cat has… read more

Worship for Kids: May 1, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: John 14:23-29. This is a rich text, providing several themes that are important to children. All the themes are more powerful if the text is… read more

Worship Connection: May 1, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Sixth Sunday of Easter COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:1-10, 22–22:5; John 14:23-29 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L:… read more
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