Worship Connection: July 26, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, rest your spirits in the Lord.P: We come… read more

Worship Elements: July 19, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Call to Worship L: The Lord has… read more

Worship for Kids: July 19, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a. For scholars, this is a key Old Testament text which introduces a new theological theme. For children, it is a… read more

Worship Connection: July 19, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, … read more

Worship for Kids: July 12, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19. The story of David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem includes several subplots, each of which makes a comment on… read more

Worship Connection: July 12, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, sing… read more

Dancing Before the Lord

By J. Daniel Day
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 My problem with this story is that it belongs in someone else’s Bible, someone like my pentecostal relatives or someone whose DNA doesn’t match… read more

Worship Elements: July 12, 2015

By Leigh Anne Taylor
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR:Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 THEME IDEAS The pairing of two dance stories allows … read more

Instapray app puts our best (and worst) prayer impulses on display

By Laura Turner / Religion News Service
(RNS) As long as people have been praying, they have also been asking for prayer from one another. In the Bible, the New Testament is full of requests from Paul and others to pray … read more

Holy Communion: Celebrating God with Us

By Drew McIntyre
I am not interested in any church renewal that is not sacramental — which is to say — is not Christian in any kind of historically or liturgically identifiable sense… read more

‘American Idol’ ends — Christian song goes on

By Mike Poteet, LinC (Living in Christ)
In 2016, TV viewers will have one last chance to choose an American Idol. The pop-music competition show, a television staple since 2002, will end after its fifteenth season. Once … read more

Tune into their hearts

By Roger Ross
The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book, "Meet the Goodpeople." My friend Lauren was skittish about faith. Every time the subject came up, she preferred to talk about… read more
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