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

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 1)

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas
Color: White or Gold Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 Theme Ideas Christmas Eve is a night of joyful celebration, a night to shout… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 2)

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Christmas Eve COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS The magic of this night is the magic of promises fulfilled: the magic… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 3)

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Christmas Eve 2015 (Option 3) COLOR: White or GoldSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 THEME IDEAS The message of God’s incarnate love is… read more

Love In A Big World: Litany of treasures

By Tamara Fyke
Front porches. Falling leaves. Red brick. Hot chocolate. Giggling children. Loud music. Swing dancing.  Frosty mornings. Comfortable jeans. Sunrise yoga. Cheerful emails… read more

Worship for Kids: Christmas Eve/Day

By Carolyn C. Brown
Christmas Eve—Day Note: The lectionary offers three sets of readings for Christmas Eve/Day. The readings are identical in each of the three cycles. In this series, Year A… read more

Worship Connection: December 25, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Theme The Power of the Light Scripture References Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12); John 1: 1-14 The Day of Christmas has finally arrived. The long-awaited Messiah … read more

Worship Connection: Christmas Eve 2016 (Option 1)

By Nancy C. Townley
Christmas Eve  Color: White or Gold Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: It’s Christmas Eve!… read more

Fatal distractions and Advent

By Mike Slaughter
I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You must have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2-3 CEB) Thanksgiving in our American culture… read more
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