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

Advent calendars

By Quinn G. Caldwell
Advent calendars: They dole Christmas out glimpse by glimpse. They build up the picture or the story in slow, random-seeming increments they don’t go all the way in one… read more

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
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