God, What Can I Do?: Shaping Creative Worship on a Budget

By Dottie Escobedo-Frank
Creative worship is nothing new. It is an old, rich tradition that began with the Israelites carrying around a holy tent with an arc of the covenant, and stone tablets and regular … read more

Ten Tips for Holier Holy Communion

By William H. Willimon
The Christian faith is proved in its performance. This faith is not so much a set of beliefs or propositions, but a way of life, something we do, a way we walk, a set of embodied… read more

Wild Things Communion Service

By Amy Yeary Holmes
This Communion service, including liturgy and homily, is inspired by Maurice Sendak's children's classic, Where The Wild Things Are. Worship participants are encouraged to embrace … read more

Grace: The Means Through Which We Grow

By David Dorn
"Have you availed yourself to the means of grace this week?" John Wesley asked his followers this frequently. Why is it necessary? Because it is through the means which God has… read more

Setting the Stage for Series

By Kim Miller
I come from a long line of furniture rearrangers. My earliest memories are of my mom and her mom sitting in my grandmother's living room (actually a remodeled one-room… read more

Taking Ash Wednesday Public

By Emily Case
Sometimes making a difference is as simple as trying something new. As simple as stepping outside our comfort zone and trying. As simple as going to Starbucks. Ash Wednesday has… read more

A Single-Thread Worship Planning Model

By Constance E. Stella
No matter what day it is, a deadline looms over you. In less than six days, people will gather, sit, and wait for something to happen. What will it be? What will they experience?… read more

Good Enough

By Matt Appling
God created everything, and he saw that it was all good. And ever since then, people have been trying to make things that are good too. It's a pursuit that has driven humanity for … read more

Come to Your Senses (Five-Part Sermon Series)

By Steve Plymale
This five-part series focuses on experiencing God through each of the five senses. Each sermon deals with "common" ways of experiencing God – ways available to persons not… read more

Prayers and Suggested Readings for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Ministry Matters
Pastoral Prayer IT IS GIVEN to only a few people, O God, to rise above the crowds and become symbols of hope and passion to all of us. We thank you for these persons, from Moses… read more

Get Out!

By Ronnie McBrayer
Churches are peculiar places. I've had the opportunity to serve a few of them. Some of my pastoral experiences have been overwhelmingly rewarding: Baptisms, weddings, the… read more

Creative Sermonizing

By Dottie Escobedo-Frank
What I learned over time and through much trial and error is that there are some recognizable patterns of creativity. These elements of creativity are building blocks that can… read more
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