UMC worship

Like a visit to Law Vegas, worship is for many of us a form of escape – it gives us respite but we do not allow it to transform our lives, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more


Lake Houston UMC

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Global Nature

Laurence Stookey

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The Rev. Laurence Hull Stookey, longtime professor of liturgy at United Methodist-related Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, shaped and wrote much of the liturgy used today in United Methodist congregations. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Fusion, an event sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, seeks to find contemporary expressions worship that also keep faith with Christian tradition. Read more

Local Church

Empty Church

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Church musician and theologian Jonathan Aigner challenges the consumerist ideas behind contemporary worship as the opposite of what Christian worship should be. Read more

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Frost Pattern

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The Rev. Christy Thomas draws on her episodes as a mystery worshiper to suggest ways for churches to improve the experiences for worshipers. Read more

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A seasonal change in Sunday's schedule opened the Rev. Ben Gosden to an illumination: that our primary act as disciples is to offer ourselves faithfully in worship so as to be sent out into the world in service. Read more

Perspectives Archive

Five Principles of Christian Worship

Additional duties at a second congregation prompt the Rev. John Meunier to consider anew what makes for good Christian worship. Read more

Oct 30, 2012 12:00 PM John Meunier

New Words and Ancient Liturgy

Must we repeat old words in order to worship authentically, or can we adapt the language of faith to our own times? The Rev. John Meunier ponders the dilemma. Read more

Oct 30, 2012 11:58 AM John Meunier