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

Worship for Kids: March 29, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
Palm—Passion Sunday Consider the children when deciding whether to celebrate Palm or Passion Sunday. If they will not worship around the Passion stories on Holy (Maundy)… read more

Worship Connection: March 29, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Palm/Passion Sunday COLOR: Purple PALM SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READINGS: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11 PASSION SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians… read more

Feasting faster

By Kevin Alton, LinC (Living in Christ)
Earlier this week, many Christians celebrated the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. One could argue that the celebration was actually the night before on Fat Tuesday. One… read more

In the face of unrelenting snow, New England churches soldier on

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) If God brought all this snow, he also made it very hard to get to church. New Englanders, clobbered by four major storms in the past month and bracing for a fifth, are… read more

The mark of courage: Taking ashes for the first time

By Lily Burana / Religion News Service
(RNS) Lately, a particular quote has been wending its way around Facebook, popping up in the feeds of the most disparate names on my friends list. It appears written in feminine… read more

Ashes on ice: Celebrating Ash Wednesday at home

By Greg Moore
The weather is usually a safe topic of conversation. It’s an easy way to chat without having to talk about important matters. It’s the preferred way to break the ice… read more

Worship for Kids: March 22, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View In planning today's worship, consider the following: Children are quickly overwhelmed when confronted with all these texts. It is better to explore… read more
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