Anticipating Lent – Ideas for Ash Wednesday and Lenten Activities

UPDATED Just as we’ve completed the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle, Lent is on the horizon. It’s an annual conundrum – waiting through Advent, celebrating the Christmas birth, sharing Epiphany stars and stories of the Magi – all the while anticipating Lent and the...

How Do We Shout “Alleluia” in a Strange Land?

By Tori Smit Easter is coming and churches are beginning to wonder how they might celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in a meaningful and wonder-filled way when we can’t come together, in one place, and shout out ‘Alleluia’ at the top of our lungs. How do we celebrate...
Partners in God’s New Creation

Partners in God’s New Creation

Bringing Generations Together in Partnership Back in 1989, the One Great Hour of Sharing program adopted the theme: Partners in God’s New Creation. A member of the congregation I served suggested we build on this theme with congregation-wide OGHS activities that...
Visual Reflections: Epiphany

Visual Reflections: Epiphany

Art and Reflection by Ann Laird Jones    Epiphany is about movement and intersection and angles and people on the move: incarnational theology in all its brightness. It involves a persistent star whose light penetrates the darkest corners and kingdoms. Rather than...
Visual Reflection: The Annunciation to Mary

Visual Reflection: The Annunciation to Mary

Reflection by Beth Herrinton-Hodge In 1998, I had the opportunity to travel to Taizé, France on a study tour with Estelle McCarthy and fellow alumnae from Presbyterian School of Christian Education (PSCE). It was a life-changing, soul-deepening journey. I selected a...