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The Changing Nature of Worship Lilly foundation Insights into Religion U.S. Congregational Life Survey

A church in Illinois streams video of a sermon from the home church miles away and displays it on a large screen.  A church in California offers half a dozen “video cafes,” each featuring different types of worship music to correspond to the different tastes of its participants. These are just a few of the changes taking place as U.S. congregations grapple with new technologies and contemporary idioms in worship.

 

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Help For Faith Communities After A Natural Disaster Or Tragedy Prayer and Preparedness During a Disaster Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation

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Thanksgiving Harvest Thanks Giving Sermon Table November Worship Planning Fall Feasts Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Knowing that many of our visitors are in the midst of Thanksgiving worship planning, we searched our affiliate group sites for great resources and articles for worship and sermon topics. We hope these links to resources will stimulate your own creative thinking and generate fresh Thanksgiving worship ideas this season.

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  The Works of Thomas Manton, D.D. Vol. XX. by Manton, Thomas, Sermons on 1 John 3  ... More >      Religion News Service distributes religion news on a national website and via... More >
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