Opening Prayer or Memorial Prayer

by Mary J. Scifres
God of ages past and hope to come, we offer our gratitude for those who have gone before, we offer our hope for those yet to come. As we honor the past, help us dream of a future… read more

Wedding Services: Basic Music Guidelines

by J. Wayne Pratt
Music can be a major element at a wedding, which often does not receive sufficient attention. Just as other elements (location, dress, flowers, liturgy, and décor) are… read more

Of Freedom, Love and Pain

by Carl L. Schenck
John 14:15-21 Preaching on Memorial Day weekend is difficult for preachers. A good many of those who attend American worship come with the expectation that the service will, in… read more

Why Easter Is More Important Than Christmas

by John Partridge
In the church, we observe a handful of “holy days” but really make a big deal about two of them: Christmas and Easter. The average church person believes this to be… read more

Worship Elements: Holy Thursday 2014

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

Questions and Answers About Ash Wednesday

by Amanda Murphy
(RNS) Today marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter… read more
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