Visual Reflection for Advent: Is there any hope?

Visual Reflection for Advent: Is there any hope?

In my worship community, we use art and art-making in worship as another layer of preaching and liturgy. On this day, I offer the piece before reading the text and invite folks to consider and answer aloud: What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? This...
Visual Reflection for Advent: Thorvaldsen’s Christ

Visual Reflection for Advent: Thorvaldsen’s Christ

by John Earl Art during the season of Advent is more often to reflect the characters central to the season. The Holy Child, the Blessed Virgin, the humble Joseph and the distant shepherds. An honest Advent theology will ask; ‘What kind of Christ does our world now...
Christmas in July ~ From the Archives

Christmas in July ~ From the Archives

By: Sandy Safford This article from the archives originally ran in 2016. Looking for some new ideas for the coming church season? This post is intended to give you some resources to consider for the months ahead. Maybe it will just remind you of something you haven’t...
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

By: Pressley Cox Did you know that according to a Southern Living article, Christmas in July started in 1933 at Keystone girls’ camp in Brevard, North Carolina. It began as a theme for a summer camp celebration, not in a church or by a marketing company. This first...
Advent 4 and Christmas: Love

Advent 4 and Christmas: Love

By: Joyce Vance Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas: We blow out the candle of fear and light the candle of love. Lectionary texts: Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20 A child has been born! During the time of preparation, expectant parents have both joy and fear; hope and...