Worship Elements: April 5, 2015

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Color: WhiteScripture Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 Theme Ideas Resurrection—new life! This is the heart… read more

Who are we looking for?

By Travis Franklin
John 20:1-18 That first Easter experience is somewhat lackluster, especially in the lives of those first responders. The story involves three persons who were followers of Jesus… read more

4 Names: Mary Magdalene, Philip, Lazarus, and Peter

By Adam Thomas
If you’ve ever been to a Bible study that I’ve led, then you know that I have a lot of favorite scenes in the Gospel according to John. But John 20:1-18 is easily in… read more

Worship Elements: Good Friday 2015 (Option 1)

By Jamie D. Greening
COLOR: Black or None SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 (16-23); John 18:1–19:42 THEME IDEAS Good Friday is the most somber day of the… read more

Worship Connection: Good Friday 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Good Friday  Order of service written by Rev. Nancy Townley [Note: Good Friday is the time of remembrance of Jesus' Crucifixion and Burial. The following service focuses on… read more

Worship Elements: Good Friday 2015 (Option 2)

By John A. Brewer
Color: Black or NoneScripture Readings: Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1–19:42 Theme Ideas “Undying love.” Today is the day when… read more

Worship Connection: Holy Thursday 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
HOLY THURSDAY (Option 1) A DRAMATIC SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION For HOLY THURSDAY written by Rev. Nancy Townley [A table is set up in the front of the sanctuary, within full view… read more

Worship Elements: Holy Thursday 2015

By Bill Hoppe
Color: PurpleScripture Readings: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19;1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Theme Ideas It was by the blood of a sacrificial… read more

Worship Elements: Holy Thursday 2015 (Option 2)

By Hans Holznagel
Holy Thursday COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 THEME IDEAS These… read more

3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

By David Gibson / Religion News Service, Michael McKinley
(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost”… read more

3 gifts the church can glean from the spiritual but not religious

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
We have a lot to learn from the “spiritual-but-not-religious” crowd. Chances are, though, it’s not what you think. I’ve taught a number of classes in… read more

Worship for Kids: March 29, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
Palm—Passion Sunday Consider the children when deciding whether to celebrate Palm or Passion Sunday. If they will not worship around the Passion stories on Holy (Maundy)… read more
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