Worship Connection: April 5, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Easter Sunday Scripture Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Alleluia! Christ… read more

Worship Elements: April 5, 2015

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 Theme Ideas Resurrection—new life! This is the heart… read more

Who are we looking for?

By Travis Franklin
John 20:1-18 That first Easter experience is somewhat lackluster, especially in the lives of those first responders. The story involves three persons who were followers of Jesus… read more

4 Names: Mary Magdalene, Philip, Lazarus, and Peter

By Adam Thomas
If you’ve ever been to a Bible study that I’ve led, then you know that I have a lot of favorite scenes in the Gospel according to John. But John 20:1-18 is easily in… read more

Worship Elements: Good Friday 2015 (Option 1)

By Jamie D. Greening
COLOR: Black or None SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 (16-23); John 18:1–19:42 THEME IDEAS Good Friday is the most somber day of the… read more

Worship Connection: Good Friday 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Good Friday  Order of service written by Rev. Nancy Townley [Note: Good Friday is the time of remembrance of Jesus' Crucifixion and Burial. The following service focuses on… read more

Worship Elements: Good Friday 2015 (Option 2)

By John A. Brewer
Color: Black or NoneScripture Readings: Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1–19:42 Theme Ideas “Undying love.” Today is the day when… read more

Worship Connection: Holy Thursday 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
HOLY THURSDAY (Option 1) A DRAMATIC SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION For HOLY THURSDAY written by Rev. Nancy Townley [A table is set up in the front of the sanctuary, within full view… read more

Worship Elements: Holy Thursday 2015

By Bill Hoppe
Color: PurpleScripture Readings: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19;1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Theme Ideas It was by the blood of a sacrificial… read more

Worship Elements: Holy Thursday 2015 (Option 2)

By Hans Holznagel
Holy Thursday COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 THEME IDEAS These… read more

3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

By David Gibson / Religion News Service, Michael McKinley
(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost”… read more

3 gifts the church can glean from the spiritual but not religious

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
We have a lot to learn from the “spiritual-but-not-religious” crowd. Chances are, though, it’s not what you think. I’ve taught a number of classes in… read more
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