With a handful of items, you or our church can make a small Advent wreath, perfect for a bedside table or desk. Truly an object of devotion for the season.
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As you no doubt know, Lent Madness is the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion. For people around the globe, the saintly smackdown is the very definition of Lenten devotion (and competition). Though it’s hard to believe, some people prefer a different approach to Lent, so I’m glad to share with you four other resources Forward Movement is really excited to offer you this Lent and Easter.
Baptism marks a special beginning in the life of a Christian. Here are resources to use with candidates, families, godparents, and children.
Most churches distribute some type of bulletin on Sunday mornings as worshippers enter their sanctuary for services. For some, it is the entire service printed out – prayers, readings, and hymns. For some it is simply the Order for Worship, with names of those who are giving reflections. For the newcomer or visitor, it is a helpful aid to follow what might be an unfamiliar form of worship.
But what about the children? Sunday bulletins are not just for adults.
For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace. The mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. -Isaiah 55:12 Greetings and blessings to you, whether you are a long time reader or new to this site. […]
The process of handing on our faith is all about experience. It is an experience of building a relationship with Jesus, lived out in community. Being formed in faith into the life of a community is not about sitting at a desk and readying a text, but growing in faith with one another in the name of Jesus.
Enriching Our Worship series and Liturgical Resources series is now available for a free as downloadable resources for worship usage. They offer prayers for a variety of circumstances and celebrations in the lives of congregations and individuals.
Children’s Chapel allows children to learn the rhythm of worship. Children’s chapel is a time of active participation in age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word. Children listen to scripture, respond and pray together.
Litanies are longer prayers that take the form of call and response. These Thanksgiving prayers can be used at church or at home.
Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end. Amen.
On November 1st the church remembers the saints of God – all faithful servants and believers. The day is seen as a communion of saints who have died and of all Christian persons. All Hallows’ Eve, October 31st (from which our Halloween traditions come); All Saints’ Day; and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd – the Day of the Faithful Departed), are connected by tradition and are often celebrated together.
They help us wrestle with a culture of forgiveness. Can you forgive me for my not understanding where you’re really coming from and for not seeing your strengths? Can you forgive me for projecting my own fears onto you, and saying the wrong things? Can I forgive you for the fear you bring up in me?
While nearly nine-in-ten Americans own a Bible, 61 percent say they wish they read it more, and according to studies by the Barna Group, Bible literacy is at an all time low. Much of this can be accredited to the collective experience of readers having difficulty in comprehending scripture.
Any ONE curricular resource will probably not fit your whole group. Which is why you may have to tap into several resources and tweak them to fit your (and your group’s) needs.
God’s Spirit is present in varied places and communities, and if we are to be faithful, part of our job is to build partnerships for mission with others who share our understanding of what God’s mission is about.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42
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.
There are two ways of viewing faith and science. One assumes that God’s works (nature) should be interpreted through God’s Word (sacred texts). The other view assumes that God’s Word (sacred texts) should be viewed through the lens of God’s work’s (nature).