Worship Elements: September 6, 2015

By June Boutwell
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125 (or Psalm 124); James 2:1-10 (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37 THEME IDEAS We… read more

Worship for Kids: September 6, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23. Though children may know several proverbs, they often do not recognize the term proverb or know what a… read more

Worship Connection: August 30, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 (or Psalm 72); James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 CALLS TO … read more

Worship for Kids: August 30, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Song of Solomon 2:8-13. The Song of Solomon is a collection of love poems. Children are surprised to find them in the Bible and tend to … read more

Why churches are poor

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
At a recent clergy retreat I attended, we prayed a prayer that went something like this: “O Lord, keep us far from the riches of the world.” Each of us was sincere in… read more

Worship Elements: August 23, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69 CALL TO WORSHIP Leader: … read more

Worship for Kids: August 23, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 1 Kings 8: (1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43. The story of the dedication of the Solomon's Temple leads children to ask three questions: What… read more

Worship Connection: August 23, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship… read more

On the duty of constant Communion: Because some things are too important to neglect

By Allan R. Bevere
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism (along with his brother Charles) participated in the sacrament of Holy Communion at least a couple of times a week. He told his people called … read more

Wooing millennials with tradition, not pyrotechnics

By Sarah Puryear
This article originally appeared on The Living Church's Covenant blog.  As a clergyperson and an older millennial of the Oregon Trail variety, I’ve followed… read more

The passion and resurrection of prayer

By Clifton Stringer
Have you ever noticed that the act of prayer is itself a sign and echo of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection? United Methodist theologian Stanley Hauerwas likes to tell… read more

Get kids out of church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
We spend lots of time trying to get children into church to develop their faith. But there’s an even better venue outdoors for that. Spending time outside in unstructured… read more
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