Worship Connection: February 1, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: From the pillar of fire and cloud of… read more

5 reasons leaders need to fast

By Jeff Anderson
If leaders today want to raise their effectiveness for the kingdom, we can’t ignore the power of food. Or more specifically, the power of fasting. (Yep, that’s when… read more

Wait! An apology for Advent

By Daniel Childs
On November 1, the day after Halloween, I found myself in Target picking up a few household items. As I browsed the toothpaste aisle hunting for the best deal, I subconsciously… read more

Worship Elements: January 25, 2015

By Worship Elements, Peter Bankson
Third Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 THEME IDEAS God’s call is clear:… read more

Worship Connection: January 25, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Third Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Gather… read more

Worship for Kids: January 25, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-5, 10. Many children know the story of Jonah's encounter with the fish. If that story is briefly summarized with attention to … read more

Hanukkah, the minor Jewish holiday that’s a major deal

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) You may know the basic props of Hanukkah: a menorah, a dreidel and chocolate coins. But here’s the inside story on Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday at sundown (Dec … read more

Worship for Kids: January 18, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: John 1:43-51. Philip and Nathanael are among the least known of the twelve disciples. Nathanael is mentioned in the Bible only in this text… read more

Worship Connection: January 18, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Color: GreenScripture Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: God knows each one of us … read more

Worship Elements: January 18, 2015

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett, Worship Elements
Color: GreenScripture Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 Theme Ideas Each of these scriptures seems to hold a unique… read more

Rethinking online Communion

By Chad Holtz
When I first heard about a church offering online Communion, perhaps a year ago, I thought How ridiculous! How we have lost our way! I was concerned that this would only enable… read more

A brief guide to writing public prayers

By Dave Barnhart
When I ask laypeople to write prayers for worship, I give them these instructions. Group or corporate prayer is an important part of worship. The congregation is not just sitting… read more
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