The art of the children's sermon

By Leigh Meekins
Children’s sermons can be the most awkward time of the whole worship service for the pastor, yet they are as much a part of worship as the congregational prayer, the sermon, … read more

4 baby steps for discipleship at home

By Christina Embree
The other day I had someone say to me, “I love reading your blog and I like your thoughts on discipleship in the home but I don’t even know how to get started. I… read more

Worship for Kids: February 22, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Mark 1:9-15. For children, this text might be titled, "How Jesus Got His Start." Children, because they are at such beginning points, are… read more

Worship Connection: February 22, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Year B Lent 1 Color: PurpleScripture Readings: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 CALLS TO WORSHIP [Note: The approach Rev. Townley is using for the … read more

Worship Elements: February 22, 2015

By Mary Petrina Boyd, Worship Elements
Color: PurpleScripture Readings: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Theme Ideas The waters of grace flow through these scriptures: from God’s… read more

Worship for Kids: February 15, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View The focus of Transfiguration Sunday is that Jesus is the divine Son of God. Halfway between the celebration of "God with us" in the baby born in a… read more

Worship Connection: February 15, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
COLOR: White SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: The Lord has called you here this day. P:… read more

Worship Elements: February 15, 2015

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas, Worship Elements
Transfiguration Sunday COLOR: White SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 THEME IDEAS Today’s readings reveal God coming into the … read more

Worship for Kids: February 8, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Mark 1:29-39. The contrast between these healings and the previous one at the synagogue makes it clear that Jesus did not heal to impress big… read more

Worship Connection: February 8, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Color: GreenScripture Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L:… read more

Affirmation and Assurance

By Thomas Lane Butts
Mark 1:4-11 Did Jesus come into the world with full knowledge of his identity and destiny from the very beginning? The idealized image of Jesus with which I grew up saved him from … read more

Worship Elements: February 1, 2015

By Erik Alsgaard, Worship Elements
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 THEME IDEAS Knowledge — not just what… read more
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