Two Sundays in One

By Shane Raynor
The Christian calendar certainly seems schizophrenic this time of year. Consider the fact that we're in the middle of Lent—the forty days when believers prepare for Holy… read more

Easter Vision: Worship

By Lawson Bryan
Revelation 5:11-14 Today's epistle lesson continues the reading of the book of Revelation. This revelation was given to enable Christians to avoid becoming confused about their… read more

Transfer of Power: The Vows of Baptism

By Carol J. Miller
One Sunday when I was out of town and therefore out of my pulpit, I attended a local church for worship. It is not often that I was able to see worship from the pew side, and I… read more

Holy Thursday Altar Design

By Nancy C. Townley
Pastor's Theme The Humility of Discipleship in Foot Washing and Communion Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Theme Focus The humility of Jesus as he washed the feet of each of his… read more

Dinner with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
It's odd, even for the odd Gospel of John. Jesus is in Bethany entertained by his good friends Mary and Martha. (John 12:1-11.) John casually remarks that Lazarus, whom Jesus has… read more

Community Baccalaureate Service

By Katie Z. Dawson
One of the ways that local churches can be in ministry with their community is to be aware of the transitions that others are experiencing. One of those "endings" my local church… read more

Liturgical Gardens

By J. Wayne Pratt
Since the beginning of time, the garden has been central to the human search for spiritual fulfillment and the discovery of inner peace and tranquility. For many religious… read more

Children and Holy Week

By Margaret Ann Crain
Holy Week: the Christian story in a nutshell. God has trans­formed death and despair into life and hope. The triumphal mood of Palm Sunday is forgotten when Jesus explodes in… read more

Peter the Denier

By Robert Martin Walker
The room was dark, giving it a gloomy feeling. We were gathered for a meal on the eve of Passover. Because the Lord was quietly pensive, we ate in silence. During supper, he… read more

An Intergenerational Lenten Fair

By Nancy Gammill
"How will we ever have it ready on time?" was a lament I heard over and over again that last week. But once again plans were completed and by Sunday butterflies fluttered from… read more

Praying Through Lent and Easter Toward Pentecost

By Ron Anderson
Does Lent often seem to you like a time to be "gotten through" as quickly as possible as we move toward Easter? Seen this way, Easter becomes the end of a jour­ney or ordeal… read more

Ignite Holy Week with Creative Stations of the Cross

By Mary Beth Franklyn
Our worship team was discussing the Holy Week noon day services, a longstanding practice for Holy Week. The group debated whether to continue the services, because while they were … read more
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