Worship Elements: August 11, 2013

By Hans Holznagel
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Color: Green Scripture Readings: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40 Theme Ideas God's anger and God's… read more

Worship Connection: August 4, 2013

By Nancy C. Townley
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Give… read more

Worship Elements: August 4, 2013

By J. Wayne Pratt
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 THEME IDEAS These readings starkly contrast a… read more

Jesus Describes Heaven and Hell

By David Dorn
Jesus spoke about Heaven and Hell frequently. Despite the regularity of the subject, Jesus spoke about these future realities in the form of parables. In Matthew 25 Jesus… read more

Mixing Is a Mistake

By Ronnie McBrayer
Regardless of the particular denomination, most of this country's churches are fiercely joined to American nationalism. On this Independence Day weekend you will likely find "God… read more

Worship for Kids: July 28, 2013

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Hosea 1:2-10. This passage is for adults. Children not only do not get the point, but are offended by the story. Because they hear… read more

Worship Connection: July 28, 2013

By Nancy C. Townley
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19); Luke 11:1-13 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Welcome to… read more

Worship Elements: July 28, 2013

By John A. Brewer
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19); Luke 11:1-13 THEME IDEAS As people anticipate the "lazy days of… read more

Fourth of July Prayer

By Ministry Matters
Many pastors in the U.S. struggle with what extent to observe Independence Day in worship. A simple prayer of thanks for opportunity and for the lives of brave people who have… read more

Worship for Kids: July 21, 2013

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Amos 8:1-12. References to Old Testament worship practices, measuring units, and slavery make this text hard for children to… read more

Worship Connection: July 21, 2013

By Nancy C. Townley
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: We gather this day… read more

Worship Elements: July 21, 2013

By Rebecca Gaudino
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42 THEME IDEAS The theme of hospitality binds all our readings… read more
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