Worship Elements: October 26, 2014

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46 Theme Ideas God cares for us, and we are called to show… read more

Worship for Kids: October 26, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Deuteronomy 34:1-12. The account of Moses' death and the passing of leadership to Joshua invites children to review the life of Moses… read more

Worship Connection: October 26, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46  CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Our… read more

Noah's ark ecumenism and Holy Ghost power

By Clifton Stringer
Before suffering on the cross, Jesus prayed for us. He said, "I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I pray that they also will be in us, so that… read more

Bible Study: Week of October 26, 2014

By Keeping Holy Time
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Today's Old Testament lection brings to a conclusion the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, as well as the life of Moses, the… read more

Monky business: Church growth and/or new monasticism

By Clifton Stringer
Let no one say, brethren, that in our times there are no combats for martyrs. For our peace has its martyrs also. - Abbot Smaragdus of Verdun, 9th century Some of our brothers and … read more

Worship for Kids: October 19, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Exodus 33:12-23. As church children grow up, they absorb the biblical stories about God speaking to people, they sing and pray in… read more

Worship Elements: October 19, 2014

By Roberta J. Egli
19th Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 THEME IDEAS We strive to have the… read more

Think of these

By Victor Shepherd
Philippians 4:1-9 Everyone needs encouragement, if only because the occasions of discouragement (loss of heart, loss of confidence, loss of conviction) are endless. It seems that… read more

The gift we never expected

By Jessica LaGrone, Rob Renfroe, Ed Robb, Andy Nixon
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14 THE MESSAGE The coming of Christmas is a season filled with anticipation. Often before… read more

The God we can know

By Rob Fuquay
Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know [God] the more we will desire to know [God]. —Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God I once … read more

Many church choirs are dying. Here’s why

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. Then he changed his tune. At 50, he left First Baptist Church… read more
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