Observing Advent

By Jim Hawkins
Holiday frenzy Are you busy? My hunch is you are busier now, in early December, than you are most of the year. Shopping malls and e-retailer websites are busy with people… read more

5 ideas to make the most of Advent

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
There are more reasons to take Advent seriously than there are decorative lights on your Christmas tree. Advent is often overlooked as a pre-game warmup for Christmas, which is… read more

A stress-free Christmas: 5 ways to keep Santa in the season

By Christy Thomas
Happy holiday time has arrived. Way too many folks suffer unnecessary stress during this time, mainly because of a lack of focus on the really important center, which is, of… read more

Coffeehouse sanctuary

By Matt Rawle
“This is the story of David vs. Goliath,” a business owner told the reporter. The British Broadcasting Corporation recently ran a story about the potential closing of… read more

Worship for Kids: December 28, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
First Sunday After Christmas From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Luke 2:22-40. Because children are interested in babies, they are interested in what happened during this Temple… read more

Worship Elements: December 28, 2014

By Ministry Matters, Worship Elements
First Sunday After Christmas Scripture Readings: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalms 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 Call to Worship L: The word comes forth from the mouth of God!A… read more

Worship Connection: January 11, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley, Worship Connection
Baptism of the Lord Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Call to Worship #1: L: From the waters of Creation, the earth… read more

Worship Elements: January 11, 2015

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas, Worship Elements
Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Theme Ideas In the waters of baptism, we die to ourselves and are recreated through the Holy… read more

Giving thanks and thankful giving

By Greg Paul
Thanksgiving may be the last communal and contemplative annual event in North America. Ramadan is for Muslims; Passover, Yom Kippur and other holy days are observed by Jews;… read more

Worship for Kids: January 11, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
Baptism of the Lord The title this Sunday could be, "Oh, what a difference the Holy Spirit makes" to Jesus at his baptism, to the Ephesian disciples at theirs, and to creation… read more

Review: ‘Worship Ways for the People Within Your Reach’

By William H. Willimon
For a long time now, Tom Bandy has been a trusted coach and mentor to many of us who pray and work for a revitalized church. His books have lit a fire under countless… read more

Worship for Kids: Epiphany Sunday 2015

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
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