Following the Rule

February 22, 2011 by  
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Saint Benedict wrote his Rule, a guide for communal living in monasteries, in the 6th century, but groups of nuns, monks and monastic visitors continue to follow these principles.. The Rule of Saint Benedict emphasizes prayer and work, and Benedictine communities usually involve large amounts of both. Although application of the Rule varies in different […]

Nine lessons and carols

December 15, 2010 by  
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Every year, churches around the world celebrate Christmas with the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Although the music differs from church to church, the nine “lessons,” or passages of scripture, tell the story of humanity’s fall into sin, God’s promise of a Savior, and the birth of Jesus to save the world. Although thousands […]

Joining the conspiracy

November 23, 2010 by  
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The founders of Advent Conspiracy created the ministry to encourage a simpler, more generous approach to Christmas. Advent Conspiracy encourages Christians to celebrate the season by “worshiping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all.” Participants are especially challenged to give some of the money they’d spend to help drill water wells for people without […]

A Liturgy for Reconciliation

October 26, 2010 by  
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Special thanks to Worshipedia for permission to excerpt this article. Read more here. A Liturgy for Reconciliation Lent and Advent are the two penitential seasons of the church year. They are times of preparation and waiting. The most important way we as Christians prepare for the coming of the Christ, the one who reconciles us, […]

Providing clean water

September 21, 2010 by  
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More than one billion people on the planet—1 in 6!—do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. According to charity: water, “Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, […]

Caring for creation

August 17, 2010 by  
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Christians have different opinions about issues like global warming and climate change, but most agree on God’s command in Genesis that humans should “rule over” and take care of His creation. The Evangelical Environmental Network is based on the same teaching and exists to help Christians “tend the garden” in God-honoring ways. The non-profit organization […]

More information on the Russian “Hymns of Hope”

July 18, 2010 by  
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We recently brought you news about the International Creative Fellowship of Musicians (ICFM) and their recording of “Revive Us Again” in Russian. Here’s more information from the producer of the project, Gerald Schroeder: Every week, in Russian-speaking churches around the world, worship leaders gather their teams to rehearse and then lead their church in worshiping […]

“Revive Us Again”–in Russian!

July 6, 2010 by  
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We’re excited to announce that the International Creative Fellowship of Musicians (ICFM) is presenting “Revive Us Again” from the Hymns of Hope project—in Russian! ICFM will make the charts and tracks available, as well. We’ll be sharing more about this venture in future weeks–for now, take a look at these pictures from the recording session […]

Anticipating the new creation

June 22, 2010 by  
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The church should reawaken its hunger for beauty at every level. This is essential and urgent. It is central to Christian living that we should celebrate the goodness of creation, ponder its present brokenness, and, insofar as we can, celebrate in advance the healing of the world, the new creation itself. Art, music, literature, dance, […]

Celebrating generously

June 15, 2010 by  
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From invitations to wedding favors, the I Do Foundation offers engaged couples an opportunity to “celebrate generously” and raise money for the charity of their choice through direct donations and charitable gift registries with major retail partners. Since its launch in 2002, the I Do Foundation has granted more than $6 million to charities like […]

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