Advent 2: Advent Peace

Jill Ver SteegLiturgical Year, Prayer, Spiritual Practices

We blow out the candle of confrontation and light the candle of peace. Lectionary Texts: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is Mark’s way of saying “Genesis.” This is the genesis of all things. Even as Genesis chapter one, verse one, took us out into the wastes of formless void and primordial chaos before God spoke and created a good world, so Mark … Read More

Advent 1: Advent Hope

Jen deCombeLiturgical Year, Prayer, Spiritual Practices

First Sunday of Advent: We blow out the candle of despair and in its place we light the candle of hope. Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37 This year’s first Gospel reading of the Advent season comes as a shock to many of us. Unlike the images of Christmas that surround us, there are no joyful angels shining in the sky or three wise men bearing gifts. The only stars in this reading are the … Read More

Building Relationships through APCE

Sharon VanpeltAPCE

Picture this:  you are on your way home after another APCE Annual Event has ended and you realize it will be another year until you see many of these fellow Christian educators.  Sure, you’ve connected through social media and emails over the previous year but you want to continue to build on the new relationships you began at tables and workshops.  You wish you could just “pick the brain” of some of these inspiring and … Read More

Musical Leadership for the Non-Musical

Catherine BrownFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print archives. You’ve agreed to lead an afterschool activity club at your church.  Then you realize that music is an expected component of the program.  You don’t play a musical instrument and singing has never been your strong point.  You panic and think about backing out of your commitment. Wait!  Before making that decision, please consider the following strategies and practical ideas that I have found useful in incorporating music … Read More

Let Everything that Breathes (or Drums or Jingles) Praise the Lord!

Martha Bettis GeeFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print edition archives! Praise God with trumpet sounds; Praise God with lute and harp! Praise God with tambourine and dance; Praise God with strings and pipe! Praise God with clanging cymbals! Praise God with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord! (Ps. 150:3-6) From an upright piano to a full pipe organ; from guitars and a bass and a full drum set to hand … Read More

Music as a Bridge to Multicultural Ministries

Jorge Sayago-GonzalezUncategorized

Enjoy this article about music from our archives,  first posted in our print format. With diversity growing at rapid rates, churches are now facing new challenges of engaging the ever-changing needs of their surrounding communities. Church educators are always searching for new ways of creating space for awakening-the-soul experiences. Music can help mold the space in which this awakening process occurs. A particular song can move us to moments of connection, peace, healing, liberation and … Read More