Worship Connection: May 31, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Trinity Sunday and Peace with Justice Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Great is… read more

Whom are you looking for?

By Adam Thomas
This morning we walk with Mary Magdalene to the tomb and find it empty. And yet our emptiness doesn’t last for long because Jesus, the Risen Christ, stands there, shining… read more

Worship Connection: May 24, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Pentecost Sunday COLOR: Red SCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15;Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Pentecost is one of the most exciting days in our… read more

Worship for Kids: May 24, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Acts 2:1-21 Children are more interested in the story of Pentecost than in Peter's sermon. Before reading the story, help them recognize the… read more

Maundy Thursday: The good news emerges from the bad

By Allan R. Bevere
Few holidays in ancient Judaism evoked more joy and celebration than Passover. In a typical month, the population of Jerusalem in Jesus' day hovered around 80,000. During the time … read more

Holy experimentation

By Steve Harper
Years ago, I heard Richard Foster say that prayer is to the spiritual life what experimentation is to science. In early Christianity, the monastic communities understood this, and … read more

The promise of the Good Friday-Passover overlap

By A. James Rudin / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur on the same date: Friday, April 3. The coincidence is no accident. Jesus’ pilgrimage to Jerusalem to… read more

What happened on Palm Sunday?

By Alex Joyner
What sort of day is Palm Sunday? What was it they saw in that figure riding up to the grand mount of the Temple on a working beast? Was his entry into Jerusalem a triumphant… read more

Let Us Pray…

By David C. Hockett
John 17:6-19 What a powerful image this text offers; what a hopeful image for those of us who try to be faithful to the gospel, to serve the risen Christ, to be the church in the… read more

Worship for Kids: May 17, 2015

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: May 17, 2015

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: May 17, 2015

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
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