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

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2014 (Option 3)

By Bill Hoppe
COLOR: White or GoldSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS Darkness is overcome by light; despair gives way to… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2014 (Option 4)

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas
Color: White or Gold Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 Theme Ideas Christmas Eve is a night of joyful celebration, a night to shout… read more

Worship Connection: Christmas Eve 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Theme: Star Light, Star Bright - The Light of Hope in the Shining Star Lectionary: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2: 1-14 (15-20) Advent is a season of Hope and the… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2014 (Option 2)

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Christmas Eve 2014 (Option 2) COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS The message of God’s incarnate love is so… read more

Worship Elements: December 21, 2014

By Sandra Miller, Worship Elements
Fourth Sunday of Advent COLOR: Blue or PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 THEME IDEAS The Holy One cannot be … read more

Worship for Kids: December 21, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Today's texts focus on two of God's promises. David is given a promise which is kept when Mary is told about the birth of Jesus. Mary is given a… read more

Worship Connection: December 21, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Lectionary: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Welcome, dear people, God has blessed our gathering. P: We… read more

Why the Temple Mount matters

By Shane Raynor
Psalm 122:6 instructs us to “Pray that Jerusalem has peace.” Well, now would definitely be a good time to pray, because Jerusalem is currently at a boiling point. … read more
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