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April 22, 2015

"I'm sure you've heard both Pharisees and Sadducees in the Bible... And if you're like me, you wondered, 'Which one is which?'"



There were three major religious sects in Jesus' time. The two main groups were the Pharisees and Sadducees.


The Pharisees were the larger g...

March 16, 2015

"You ever wonder how candles became such an important part of the church?"


At the start of every worship service, the ushers come forward and light the two altar candles. Why? Because it adds a nice flare to the service? No. Rather, the flames are a symbol of God's Lig...

March 3, 2015

"We are talking about Lent! Not lint." 


The season of Lent is the forty or so days before Easter Sunday. What does it mean to observe Lent? Does it just mean giving up chocolate or those other delicious desserts? 


Lent is a matter of the Spirit, and focuses not on...

March 3, 2015

"It was not until 1902 that the handbell made its way to America."


You hear the handbell choir play every so often at Wildwood UMC, but do you know where the idea of handbells originated from? Chuck, though presenting terrible technique, gives a brief history lesson be...

March 3, 2015

"Do you ever walk into your Sunday morning worship service and say, 'Oh, look, the colors have changed!'?"


Liturgical colors are displayed in the banners on the wall, altar, pulpit and lectern, as well as in the stoles the Pastor and choir members wear on Sunday mornin...

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