Worship Connection: January 10, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Baptism of the Lord COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Call to Worship Call to Worship #1 L: God is with us… read more

Worship for Kids: January 10, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Today's texts focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in baptism, a difficult subject. But for children the basic message is that just as God's Holy… read more

Worship Elements: January 10, 2016

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Baptism of the LordFirst Sunday after the Epiphany  COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 THEME IDEAS The… read more

Worship for Kids: Epiphany Sunday 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12. The details of this story are often missed in children's Christmas pageants, when wise men simply follow the star to the… read more

Worship for Kids: January 3, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: John 1:1-18. Though "the Word," "the light," and "the life" in this poem are too abstract for children, the poem has the answer to questions… read more

Worship Connection: Epiphany Sunday 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12  CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Darkness is banished! P:… read more

Worship Elements: Epiphany Sunday 2016

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Epiphany Sunday Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Theme Ideas In the Northern Hemisphere, we are experiencing … read more

Worship Connection: Epiphany Sunday 2016 (Option 2)

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Epiphany of the Lord COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 THEME The Light of a Star CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to… read more

Worship Elements: Epiphany Sunday 2016 (Option 2)

By Mary Petrina Boyd
Epiphany of the Lord COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 THEME IDEAS The light of God’s love shines brightly … read more

Worship Elements: January 3, 2016

By Ministry Matters
Second Sunday after Christmas COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18 Call to Worship Arise, shine, … read more

How to call people to action with stories in worship

By Len Wilson
As Creative Director at a large church, I like to tell stories that invite people from the corporate gathering of worship to a next step on the journey of faith. One way to do… read more

Advent and the grace of delayed gratification

By Christopher Edmonston
Years ago, I had a friend who taught me about celebrating the deep grace of ordinary things. The insatiable marketing machinery that frames so much of our lives has gradually… read more
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