Posts Tagged ‘worship’

Spiritual Practices

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42

Moment to Moment: All “For Jesus”

We may not be able to describe scientifically what happens to children who attend church Sunday after Sunday, but I believe something deeply and profoundly formational happens.

Children’s Sabbath 2013

Worship is at the heart of most Children’s Sabbaths. It is in worship that we praise God who has blessed us with children and charged us with their care. It is in worship that we hear again the prophets and their warnings against injustice and their call to justice.

Welcoming Young Families

This message is communicated in a variety of ways and included hurtful comments, eye rolling, sighs of impatience and a general attitude of impatience and annoyance directed towards the lively chatter of young children. The stories break my heart.

Worshiping with Children

When God’s people gather for worship we include a wide variety of individuals who share a basic and deep need to be there. We all need to feel loved and wanted and accepted as one of God’s children which we are. We need to hear God’s Word proclaimed and to pray and sing with others. But, we also have some very different needs.

Observing Labor Day

The Church, the body of Christ, is called to seek out and accompany people wherever they are. So the Church must also be in our offices, factories, stores, farms, schools, and all the places where people work.

Kids and Compline


Compline is the monastic service traditionally read just before sleep. Compline offers kids structured scripture and prayer perfect for the end of the day.

What Do Young Adults Really Want?

It isn’t rocket science to put the generational theorists, the headlines, and today’s societal hunger to see what we should be focusing on in our churches.

Planning Children’s Chapel: Nuts & Bolts

As the children’s and adults’ liturgies should form an organic whole, make sure your priest knows what’s going on, particularly when it comes to their return and any presentation they may have to make.

Holy Props for Children’s Worship

If you’re going to offer a separate Liturgy of the Word for children apart from the adults in the main sanctuary, shouldn’t it have all the elements of “big church”? Be sure your space is just as respected and is filled with beautiful objects also.

Should There Be a Children’s Sermon?

Children’s sermons can communicate inclusion & belonging or they can segregate children. What are the pros and cons of offering a children’s sermon in worship?

The Mask of Desire for God

In the liturgy, the people who call themselves followers of God don a mask, as it were. In the liturgy, they enact in ritualized ways the actions and attitudes befitting those who are followers of the God of Jesus of Nazareth.

Decorating for Pentecost

We decorate the church for Christmas; we fill it with flowers for Easter; so why not make a colorful splash for Pentecost, the third of our major Christian festivals? This is the day the Spirit came to fill God’s people with Jesus so we might be his body now on earth. This is the birthday of the Church and birthdays should be marked by a great celebration.

Recited Scripture – Everyone Grows

Memorization of a passage forces me to ponder, to meditate, to imagine, to question, to wonder about context – in short, to do all the things we aim for with Bible study.

An Interfaith Litany against Violence

This is what we do when we don’t know what else to do. We cling to one another, voice our grief, and offer up our prayers to God.
Heal Us, and Reveal to Us the Abundance of Peace and Truth.

The Day of Pentecost: God’s Punctuation

A billboard from the United Church of Christ that attracted much attention said, “Don’t put a period where God has placed a comma.” John’s description of the disciples sounds like a period: the clunk of locked doors. Not much room for God to enter there, we might think.

The Flipped Classroom

Imagine that instead of coming to church, listening to a sermon for [insert your churches sermon length] ending with a few questions which no one talks about (except maybe a brief mention over coffee), the congregation listened to the sermon before coming (it could even be a famous preachers sermon or the pastor could record one).

The Sign of the Cross

by Sharon Ely Pearson Several months ago I wrote a piece on Building Faith about genuflecting – making the sign of the cross. Blessing oneself or crossing oneself, is a ritual blessing made by members of many branches of Christianity. This blessing is made by the tracing of an upright cross or + across the body with the right hand, […]

Sunday School During Worship

We have a serious ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ segregation going on, with children sequestered upstairs from before service starts to just in time for communion every week.

Holy Water, Holy Hands

It didn’t take long for Jacob to discover the water in the font. I merely whispered to him, “This is the baptismal font,” and allowed him to touch the water. It was no surprise that he would want to submerge his hand into the water, but I was not prepared for what would come next.