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

How to encourage people to sing in worship

By Dave Barnhart
The diagnoses for why people don’t sing in church are many and varied. I tend to break these diagnoses down into three categories: strong opinions that I agree with, strong… read more

Struggling with the children's sermon

By Joseph Yoo
I often find myself struggling with the children’s moment and children’s sermon during Sunday morning worship celebrations. Perhaps you can share your thoughts and… read more

Renewal is happening now!

By David F. Watson
When we recite the Apostles’ Creed, we say the words, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” It’s a fine idea to believe in the Holy Spirit, and, of course, it is … read more

Worship for Kids: August 16, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. The story of God's offer of a gift to Solomon is like many stories in which a person is granted one or more… read more

Worship Connection: August 16, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come… read more

Worship Elements: August 16, 2015

By Jamie D. Greening
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 THEME IDEAS The primary theme of these texts is… read more

Worship: Well-crafted, authentic and substantive

By Allan R. Bevere
Being involved in discussions on what makes for good worship is an interesting experience. What I find in the midst of the back and forth banter is that the dialogue most often is … read more

Churches rehab buildings for artist spaces

By Jesse James DeConto / Religion News Service
(RNS) On the north side of Indianapolis, the historic First Presbyterian Church is now the Harrison Center for the Arts. Its owner, the upstart Redeemer Presbyterian Church… read more

Worship for Kids: August 9, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33. These verses are too terse to tell the story of Absalom's rebellion meaningfully. But the full story, which … read more

Worship Elements: August 9, 2015

By John A. Brewer
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25–5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 THEME IDEAS These texts lend… read more
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