Lectionary Texts: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11 by Leah Ellison Bradley, based on texts from the New Revised Standard Version and The Message. Theme: Dry Bones Dance A Choral Reading – Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A Based upon texts from the New Revised Standard Version and The Message. Ezekiel: The hand of the LORD came upon […]
by Kathryn Huey, United Church of Christ Third Sunday in Lent Year A Focus Scripture: John 4:5-42 Theme: Thirsty Voices Prayer: Enduring Presence, goal and guide, you go before and await our coming. Only our thirst compels us beyond complaint to conversation, beyond rejection to relationship. Pour your love into our hearts, that, refreshed and renewed, we may […]
Lectionary (Transfiguration Sunday): Exodus 24:12-88, Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-19 Theme: Do not be afraid. Rejoice in the power and hope of the transfigured one. Reflection: This Sunday serves as the transition from Epiphany to Lent. We move from the mountain where Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, unpacking the Kingdom of […]
Lectionary Texts (Year A): Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 Focus Text: Matthew 3:13-17 (with support from Isaiah 42:1-9) Theme: The Transforming Servant Reflection: “Remember your baptism!” In many churches this Sunday, Martin Luther’s famous words will resonate in a special way, calling us to anchor ourselves in that initial moment of God’s public claim on our lives. But […]
originally published at Justice Unbound Evangelism in the Ecumenical Context At its root, the word ‘evangelism’, simply means spreading good news. For Christians, this usually means spreading the good news about Jesus Christ. In recent years, Google and other businesses have co-opted the word; for example, having employees called ‘Google evangelists’, whose job it is […]
church should focus on making disciples, says PC(USA) evangelism team The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) should focus on making disciples, evangelism coordinator Ray Jones and associate David Loleng told the Presbyterian Mission Agency Sept. 26. “Jesus didn’t say, ‘Go out and make programs, converts, budgets, causes, buildings, rules or regulations,’” Loleng said. “But he did say, ‘Make disciples,’ who become […]
Wayne Schwab, Director of our sister organization Member Mission, interviews Augustin Hubert about how his church lured Anglo members back to his predominantly Hispanic congregation.