Worship for Kids: January 22, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23. For children, this is the key text of the day. Though few will be drawn into Matthew's concerns about where Jesus lived (vss. … read more

Worship Elements: January 22, 2017 (Option 2)

By Mary Petrina Boyd
Third Sunday After the Epiphany COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 THEME IDEAS In the darkness of … read more

Steps in the right direction

By Brett Younger
Matthew 4:12-23 The crucial moments in which we choose directions for our lives aren’t usually marked with caution signs, bright red flags, or even the feeling that we are… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Can I give silently or must I mention my faith?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In this season of giving, which is really an all year affair, it is OK to love and help people, even to save their physical lives, without urging them to… read more

The good news of Christmas

By Alex Joyner
Beyond the coconut bon-bon I’ll admit it. When I saw the coconut bon-bon in the cellophane bag, I felt a flutter in my heart. My wife and I had just enjoyed a Christmas… read more

Worship for Kids: January 15, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 49:1-7. Within this complicated "servant song" are several themes that are important to children but which children will not… read more

Worship Elements: January 15, 2017

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Second Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 THEME IDEAS It’s hard to… read more

Worship Elements: Epiphany of the Lord

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Epiphany of the Lord  Friday January 6, 2017  Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Theme Ideas In the… read more

Worship for Kids: January 8, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17. Children easily follow the action in this story as it is read. When they are reminded that one purpose of baptism is naming… read more

Worship for Kids: January 1, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23. The story of the flight into Egypt is the key text for children today. It offers in a story what the other texts explore in… read more

Worship Connection: January 1, 2017

By Nancy C. Townley
First Sunday after Christmas Color: White Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: Let … read more

Worship Elements: January 1, 2017

By Ministry Matters
First Sunday after Christmas Color: White Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23 Theme Ideas The psalmist puts it well:… read more
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