Politics, worship, Pelagius and Disney World: On General Conference 2016

By Clifton Stringer
As many sisters and brothers in the United Methodist part of Christ's church finish meeting in their respective Annual Conferences, thoughts are turning, in part, to the upcoming… read more

4 reasons this worship story charmed my church

By Len Wilson
Here’s a short film my team and I created for worship at my church, Peachtree. First, to set the stage: Peachtree high school students have gone to the same summer camp for… read more

Worship for Kids: August 2, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a. When it is dramatically presented, children follow the story of Nathan's confrontation of David closely. They… read more

Worship Elements: August 2, 2015

By Deborah Sokolove
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35 THEME IDEAS In the reading from 2 Samuel… read more

Worship Connection: August 2, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L:… read more

Hospitality can be dangerous and even deadly

By Allan R. Bevere
The shooting that occurred Wednesday night at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina has focused our attention, once again, on several issues —… read more

How megachurches have killed the practice of prayer

By Christy Thomas
It suddenly dawned on me last Sunday: Prayer is not media-friendly. In this past year, I’ve visited over forty different types of churches, writing up my experiences for a… read more

Worship Elements: July 26, 2015

By Bill Hoppe
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 THEME IDEAS Today’s readings are full of apparent… read more

Worship for Kids: July 26, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 11:1-15. The story of David and Bathsheba is not one most people would choose to tell children. David's key problem, however… read more

Worship Connection: July 26, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, rest your spirits in the Lord.P: We come… read more

Worship Elements: July 19, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Call to Worship L: The Lord has… read more

Worship for Kids: July 19, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a. For scholars, this is a key Old Testament text which introduces a new theological theme. For children, it is a… read more
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