The good news of Christmas

By Alex Joyner
Beyond the coconut bon-bon I’ll admit it. When I saw the coconut bon-bon in the cellophane bag, I felt a flutter in my heart. My wife and I had just enjoyed a Christmas… read more

Worship for Kids: January 15, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 49:1-7. Within this complicated "servant song" are several themes that are important to children but which children will not… read more

Worship Elements: January 15, 2017

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Second Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 THEME IDEAS It’s hard to… read more

Worship Elements: Epiphany of the Lord

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Epiphany of the Lord  Friday January 6, 2017  Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Theme Ideas In the… read more

Worship for Kids: January 8, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17. Children easily follow the action in this story as it is read. When they are reminded that one purpose of baptism is naming… read more

Worship for Kids: January 1, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23. The story of the flight into Egypt is the key text for children today. It offers in a story what the other texts explore in… read more

Worship Connection: January 1, 2017

By Nancy C. Townley
First Sunday after Christmas Color: White Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: Let … read more

Worship Elements: January 1, 2017

By Ministry Matters
First Sunday after Christmas Color: White Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23 Theme Ideas The psalmist puts it well:… read more

Advent: Finding our unity in Jesus

By Mike Slaughter
Advent is the ideal time for Jesus followers of all political persuasions and partisan alliances after this difficult election cycle to set aside our differences, coming together… read more

A season of preparation

By Rose Taylor
Christians today (especially those who follow the liturgical calendar) observe the season of Advent as a time of expectation, preparation and celebration leading up to Christmas… read more

Worship Connection: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 2)

By Nancy C. Townley
Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20.  [Tonight’s Christmas Eve Service is based on the song… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 4)

By Bill Hoppe
COLOR: White or GoldSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS Darkness is overcome by light; despair gives way to… read more
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