If you want to create great things, stop punishing failure

By Len Wilson
How do you react when someone messes up? Say you work with or lead others in a group setting. Or this could apply to your family member, too. How you react could make all the… read more

Worship for Kids: Pentecost 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Acts 2:1-21. This passage tells of the giving of the Holy Spirit and is the key story for Pentecost Sunday. Because children will have trouble… read more

Worship Connection: Pentecost 2016

By Nancy C. Townley
Pentecost COLOR: RedSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 (25-27) CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Come, Holy… read more

Worship Elements: Pentecost 2016

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Pentecost COLOR: RedSCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 (25-27) THEME IDEAS Despite the good news of the… read more

Stop. Rest. Come back to real life. This is the reason for Sabbath

By Kara K. Root
Mark 10:17-31 As a kid growing up in church, I heard this story a lot. And probably from some Sunday school book, I have burned into my memory the image of a ridiculous cartoon… read more

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

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

How to deal with church discipline of felines

By Greg Gregory
In response to my previous diffusion of wisdom, "7 things cats do to sabotage church," Laodocean Luke writes: Aww man this is truth in its rarest form. Our church cat has… read more
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