Worshipping the God of love

By Andrea Murdock
This Sunday is Valentine's Day, a holiday that, oddly enough, for all its secular and consumer foci, has its roots in the church. We won’t get too far into the history of… read more

On Ash Wednesday, I remember: I am a sinner. I will die

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Every year on Ash Wednesday, I seek out some member of the clergy to say those words to me. They come from the… read more

Tables and holy experiences

By Katie Z. Dawson
I have a sense of my first Maundy Thursday service, but I can’t quite place where it falls in my history. I was not a child, but not yet fully grown. Perhaps it was high… read more

Crowdsourced worship: Perks and perils

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Agree or disagree: People have to be told how to connect to God or what to say to God, God speaks only to the few and the well-placed. If you disagreed with the above, then you… read more

Worship for Kids: Palm/Passion Sunday 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
In choosing whether to celebrate Palm or Passion Sunday, give special consideration to children. Often children are rushed from the palm processional to the Easter sunrise. Adults … read more

Worship Connection: Palm Sunday 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Palm/Passion Sunday COLOR: PurplePALM SUNDAY READINGS: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40PASSION SUNDAY READINGS: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians… read more

Worship Elements: Palm Sunday 2016

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas
Palm/Passion Sunday COLOR: PurplePALM SUNDAY READINGS: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40PASSION SUNDAY READINGS: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians… read more

Worship for Kids: March 13, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 43:16-21. Knowing the historical context of the passage is essential to understanding Isaiah's message. Isaiah was speaking to… read more

Worship Connection: March 13, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Fifth Sunday in Lent COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Break open … read more

Worship Elements: March 13, 2016

By Kate Cudlipp
Fifth Sunday in Lent COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8 THEME IDEAS Lent confronts us with our propensity … read more

Annual stewardship drive as action planning

By John Laster
Most congregations are in the process of distributing year-end giving statements for 2015 along with letters confirming pledges for 2016. Some stewardship teams think their work… read more

Worship for Kids: March 6, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Most church children will be familiar with this story since it is included in much church school curriculum. The message… read more
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