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Sharon L. Holland
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Music in the church - Part 1
This is an American Idol culture. There aren't many places that people sing together anymore. A few uncertain voices sing the national anthem at sporting events, but most folks are silent. Some of us remember singing in school choirs. And everyone sings "Ha...

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Why Start a New Church
Since we started this project, I have been reading books and articles about starting new churches. This is not a heartening genre. The subject tends to attract the bitterly idealistic. An article on how to start a new church often carries the silent subtitl...

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Worship is always practice
Our big start date is June 8th, but we've been having "practice" worship services the last two Sundays. We called it that, but real worship happened.  We sang songs to God, we read aloud the scriptures and we prayed. I preached a sermon and the congregation...

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I am resisting the urge to call this post "On fire for the Lord"
Photo by Cami Macaya Palma , licensed under Creative Commons. I was working on my sermon last night when the kids set the microwave on fire. River Valley Presbyterian is having its "grand opening" on June 8th, but we're having smaller  "dry-run" services un...

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Waiting for the city
Today I went to our parent church and picked up the hymnals they gave us . My husband and I carried them in stacks to our van, looking like the strangest thieves ever. Psst. Black market hymnals. Totally genu-wine. Original lyrics and everything. Saying goo...

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