Thoughtful Pastor: When will they pray? Good Friday meditations

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have visited a number of churches in the last few years. Often I wonder during the services, “When are they going to pray?” Every year on… read more

The only free person: Jesus

By Drew McIntyre
The only truly free person who has ever lived is Jesus, the Christ, Son of God. In the 21st century West, we tend to think of freedom negatively as freedom from: from constraint… read more

The mysteries of March

By Cameron Merrill
Sample liturgy for this service is included below. Click the PDF link to download. As we prepare for Holy Week this year, there is a strange little moment that happened last in… read more

More 'Passion' than sense

By Robert Bianco / USA Today
Lord have mercy. There’s nothing new about Passion plays; these theatrical interpretations of the last days of Jesus have been a seasonal staple since the Middle Ages. And… read more

Pray, believe, live: A rural congregation discovers the gift of liturgy

By Jacob Paul Breeze
As a United Methodist pastor, I serve in a denomination that tends to downplay more liturgical forms of worship. Readings from the lectionary, weekly Eucharist and other rites and … read more

Worship Connection: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 2)

By Nancy C. Townley
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: Shout to God with songs… read more

Worship Elements: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 3)

By Ciona Rouse
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 THEME IDEAS Ascension Sunday is a time to recognize God’s… read more

Worship for Kids: Ascension Sunday 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
ASCENSION OF THE LORD From a Child's Point of View Acts 1:1-11. The Ascension story is of interest to children for two reasons. First, it answers the literal-minded questions… read more

Worship Connection: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 1)

By Nancy C. Townley
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 CALLS TO WORSHIP [Note: Churches may be celebrating Easter 7 or Ascension… read more

Worship Elements: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 1)

By Bryan Schneider-Thomas
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 THEME IDEAS Power is a dominant theme in today’s readings: the power … read more

Worship Elements: Ascension Sunday 2016 (Option 2)

By Leigh Anne Taylor
Ascension Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 THEME IDEAS Christians confess that Jesus fulfilled the promises … read more

Ascension of the Lord

By Wesley King
Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 Prayer: 35 Let us gather as they gathered on the Mount of Olivet Marilyn E. Thorton © 2008… read more
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