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Vital International Worship

The new field of ethnodoxology affirms that there is no single best way to worship. God has gifted each culture with a heart language and music rooted in their particular... read more >


Why Welcome Children to Communion

This essay points out that children were not always excluded from the table, and are not excluded today in all Christian traditions. It traces the reformed tradition’s development of the... read more >


Thanksgiving Sermon Ideas and Tips for Worship Planning

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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.


Is dance an appropriate form of worship?

Church fathers have approved of dance as a form of praising God. This article introduces the biblical and historical debate between those in favor of praising God with dance, and... read more >


Our First Experience with Liturgical Dance

How does your congregation celebrate the Lord’s Supper? Is it a celebration, or is it a more somber, reflective experience? Do you take communion as a community, or is it... read more >


Find New Inspiration for the Christmas Sermon

Keeping the Christmas sermon fresh, and finding new personal inspiration as a preacher, can be challenging. Here the task is addressed in an article by David Vroege, pastor and co-editor... read more >


Marking Time with Liturgical Dance

This essay reveals some powerful ways one church uses dance and dance-like movement to mark key seasons, transitions, and events in the church year and in the life of that... read more >


Congregational Responses to Changing Family Structures

Do changes in the way families are structured affect our church or religious institution? The Religion and Family Project examined congregational attitudes toward family changes and made some interesting discoveries.... read more >


Effective Rest Home Ministry

With the increasing numbers of seniors in our society, the need for local pastors, lay leaders, and ministry groups to provide worship services in senior citizen centers and rest homes... read more >


Worship Planning with a Justice Theme

Justice in worship can be a celebration of God's character of justice, or a cry to God for justice in the midst of injustice, or a call to God's people... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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