Worship Connection: Easter Sunday 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 (or Luke 24:1-12) CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L:… read more

Worship Elements: Easter Sunday 2016

By Marcia McFee
Easter Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 (or Luke 24:1-12) THEME IDEAS The scriptures… read more

The social power of sacraments

By Dave Barnhart
One guy in the retirees’ Sunday school class was a know-it-all. He was excellent at shutting down discussions with his theological pronouncements. He would hold court about… read more

Open house

By Paul Bonner
When we feel threatened, a frequent reaction is to draw inside ourselves and close off from one another. That’s why it was shocking to learn about a church who actually left … read more

7 things cats do to sabotage church

By Greg Gregory
I'm not really a cat person, but I can be forgiven for that. Ministry experience, combined with the opportunity to observe cats in various contexts, has given me the insight and… read more

Why I offer 'free prayer' in a coffee shop

By Thomas Rusert
I drink coffee only on Thursdays. This is partly because I am a weirdly patterned person. It’s also because I feel insecure ordering my preferred tea at a coffee shop;… read more

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
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