NASHVILLE (BP) -- As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.
(RNS) — Praise team leaders, organists, gospel choir members and other lovers of church music will gather in Dallas this weekend to launch the Center for Congregational Song in an effort to counter the “worship wars.”
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – This commuter train takes its passengers to work, but the preacher aboard hopes it will also take them to God.
Starting in the suburb of Ruiru, about 19 miles north of Nairobi, the train for the past five years has informally hosted a growing number of self-styled pastors and a makeshift, moving congregation eager to hear the gospel.
In the book “Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms,” Old Testament scholar Glenn Pemberton notes the absence of laments in modern hymnals when compared to the biblical book of Psalms. Laments pepper the Psalms, accounting for 40 percent of the collection.
Many experts scoff at the calculations used to pick “Blue Monday,” which would be January 16th this year. However, the seasonal concepts behind the idea — like colder weather, post-holiday letdown and less daylight — can often lead to people feeling down this time of year.
Looking for a creative way way to inform and inspire your church?
Use Word&Way bulletin inserts. Each insert includes a story designed to share a news feature or helpful column that has appeared in Word&Way.
Undated and free, the inserts are useful for:
Wednesday night and other church meals
How to use an insert
Click below to select one or more PDF templates to download. Each file is a two-page document, designed to be printed front and back. Once you have downloaded the PDF and it opens, you can print each immediately or save them to your computer to use later.
Avoid waste! Only print as many of the two-sided documents as you need, in color or black and white, when you need them.
Need customzation? Llike a specific article or column? Want a specific topic?
Inserts also promote Word&Way
Using these inserts can helps Word&Way promote our ministry of communication to others.
At the end of each insert is information about Word&Way and an invitation to subscribe. Many churches find this is an easy and helpful way to give people information about Word&Way while enhancing their worship services and other meetings.
Word&Way offers other services that can help you communicate and often save you money.
A congregation once primarily recognized as a “university” church, attracting professors and students, is more often seen today as “the church committed to its community.”
When crises affect the economy and the job market, affecting resources from churches and non-profits alike, what is the average believer to do to help effect positive change? Here are a few suggestions.
In Sedalia, a high school student's vision four years ago and the continued commitment of the high school honor society means 60 to 80 community residents enjoy a hot mean each evening, Monday - Friday.