Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 3)

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Christmas Eve 2015 (Option 3) COLOR: White or GoldSCRIPTURE 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… read more

Love In A Big World: Litany of treasures

By Tamara Fyke
Front porches. Falling leaves. Red brick. Hot chocolate. Giggling children. Loud music. Swing dancing.  Frosty mornings. Comfortable jeans. Sunrise yoga. Cheerful emails… read more

Worship for Kids: Christmas Eve/Day

By Carolyn C. Brown
Christmas Eve—Day Note: The lectionary offers three sets of readings for Christmas Eve/Day. The readings are identical in each of the three cycles. In this series, Year A… read more

Worship Connection: December 25, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Theme The Power of the Light Scripture References Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12); John 1: 1-14 The Day of Christmas has finally arrived. The long-awaited Messiah … read more

Worship Connection: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 1)

By Nancy C. Townley
Christmas Eve  Color: White or Gold Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: It’s Christmas Eve!… read more

Fatal distractions and Advent

By Mike Slaughter
I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You must have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2-3 CEB) Thanksgiving in our American culture… read more

One Argument for Worshipping Together

By Josh Davis, Nikki Lerner
In Revelation 7:9-10 we are given a glimpse of heaven. In it there is “a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They … read more

Worship for Kids: December 18, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25. Today's soap-opera-watching, worldly wise children can appreciate Joseph's dilemma, if the language about conception is… read more

Worship Connection: December 18, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Fourth Sunday of Advent Color: Blue or PurpleScripture Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: … read more

Worship Elements: December 18, 2016

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Fourth Sunday of Advent Color: Blue or PurpleScripture Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 Theme Ideas On the fourth Sunday of… read more

Worship Elements: December 11, 2016

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Third Sunday of Advent COLOR: Blue or PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:47-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 THEME IDEAS These Advent readings proclaim a… read more

Worship for Kids: December 11, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 35:1-10. This poetic prophecy makes most sense to children when set in its historic context. They need to know that the people… read more
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