Worship Elements: December 28, 2014

By Ministry Matters, Worship Elements
First Sunday After Christmas Scripture Readings: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalms 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 Call to Worship L: The word comes forth from the mouth of God!A… read more

Worship Connection: January 11, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Baptism of the Lord Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Call to Worship #1: L: From the waters of Creation, the earth… read more

Worship Elements: January 11, 2015

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas, Worship Elements
Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Theme Ideas In the waters of baptism, we die to ourselves and are recreated through the Holy… read more

Giving thanks and thankful giving

By Greg Paul
Thanksgiving may be the last communal and contemplative annual event in North America. Ramadan is for Muslims; Passover, Yom Kippur and other holy days are observed by Jews;… read more

Worship for Kids: January 11, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
Baptism of the Lord The title this Sunday could be, "Oh, what a difference the Holy Spirit makes" to Jesus at his baptism, to the Ephesian disciples at theirs, and to creation… read more

Review: ‘Worship Ways for the People Within Your Reach’

By William H. Willimon
For a long time now, Tom Bandy has been a trusted coach and mentor to many of us who pray and work for a revitalized church. His books have lit a fire under countless… read more

Worship Helps: Epiphany of the Lord

By Ministry Matters
Calls to Worship (Adapted from Isaiah 60: 1-7 written by *Margaret K. Schwarzer) Leader: "Arise, shine; for your light has… read more

Worship Connection: December 28, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Lectionary: Isaiah 61:10--62:3; Psalm 148 (UMH 861); Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40. CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Praise be to God who has given God’s light to us… read more

Why worship is a royal waste of time

By Marva J. Dawn
Many times we highlight what worship accomplishes in the life of the church or how well its style connects with us, but this assumes worship is for us instead of for God. In this… read more

Hope is in the holler

By A. Elaine Brown Crawford
Isaiah 40:1-11 During the funeral service of the civil rights icon Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, Bishop Woodie White preached a brilliant sermon on the topic “Leaving or Going.” … read more

Worship Connection: Christmas Eve 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Theme: Star Light, Star Bright - The Light of Hope in the Shining Star Lectionary: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2: 1-14 (15-20) Advent is a season of Hope and the… read more

Worship Elements: December 21, 2014

By Sandra Miller, Worship Elements
Fourth Sunday of Advent COLOR: Blue or PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 THEME IDEAS The Holy One cannot be … read more
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