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The Rev. Adam Weber is lead pastor of Embrace United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Adam Weber.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Talking with God through Prayer

Do you struggle with prayer? Ever wonder if you’re doing it ‘right’? A United Methodist pastor and author offers tips and thoughts to improve your prayer life. Listen

We can pray anywhere, but some spots are special. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

We can pray anywhere. Where’s your favorite place?

United Methodists share favorite places to talk with God—at home, in nature, while driving, and more—inspiring us to find our own special spot. Read More

God calls us to use our abilities to serve him by serving others. Photo courtesy McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church.

Car Care Ministry helps many find place to use talents

United Methodists use their gifts for auto repair to serve the community, and find their place in the church. How can you use your abilities? Read More

The United Methodist Church interviewed children about their faith for an advertising campaign. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Learning about God by Listening to Kids

In this podcast episode, leaders tell us what children shared in a United Methodist ad campaign about God, faith, questions, and the church. Listen

Painting by Guido Reni, c. 1635, depicts Joseph with infant Jesus. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Biblical fathers – faithful, flawed servants of God

As the U.S. prepares to mark Father's Day, reflect on some of the ways we can learn from the lives of biblical fathers, despite their imperfections. Read More

Being a United Methodist preacher's kid is a challenge and a joy. Photos courtesy the Rev. Anne Hampson, Catherine Cain, and Marrick Ancheta.

Being a pastor’s kid: ‘I wouldn’t trade it for anything’

“It helped me grow, not just as a Christian, but also as a person.” Hear some of the unique challenges and benefits of growing up a PK or preacher's kid. Read More

Student celebrates after graduation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Photo courtesy of Ross Mulhausen, University of Puget Sound.

Go with God: A Prayer for Graduates

Here's a video blessing for those who are celebrating their accomplishments and looking to the future. View

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

It is now the summer season in the U.S. Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

The Rev. Felicia Hopkins is lead pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Broadcast Inspires Baptisms

Pastor in Texas makes an altar call and gets a surprising result. ‘Something said to me, announce on live TV that you have baptism.’ View

United Methodist Publishing House recommends some great books to read this summer. Photo via Pixabay.com, CC0, public domain.

10 books to feed your faith: Great reads for United Methodists

Summer often offers us more time to relax and read. These enjoyable titles—fiction, inspiration, Bible study, devotion and more—also feed your spirit. Read More

Jesus' ascension has been celebrated by Christians through the centuries. Stained glass by Francois Denis, photo by Crochet.david, via Wikimedia Commons.

Why Ascension Day matters to United Methodists

The Wesleys, leaders of the early Methodist movement, called this an important holy day. A hymn explains its significance. Read More

John Wesley, a founder of The United Methodist Church, had a special Holy Spirit moment. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Holy Spirit moments: Learning from Wesley at Aldersgate

On Pentecost, Charles Wesley felt a ‘strange palpitation’ of heart. John’s was ‘strangely warmed’ three days later. We too can prepare to hear God speak. Read More

A United Methodist pastor and mom shares her experiences in being a mom. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Parenting, Chaos, and Community

In this podcast episode, a United Methodist pastor and author shares what she has learned as the mom of 4 boys and the spouse of a US Congressman. Listen

Lit candles form the shape of a cross inside of a heart. Photo by Wingchi Poon, courtesy Flickr.

Let peace begin with me: United Methodist and Muslim relations

When a Muslim and a Christian congregation shared space, pastor says the experience taught them to see each other as 'plain, peaceful people.' Read More

A baby holds fast to his mother's hand. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Prayer for Families

A short video reflection reminds us to pray for those closest to us. Share with someone you love. View

Celebrating Pentecost with your family can be a spiritually fulfilling and great learning experience. Photo from pixabay.com, CC0.

Ideas for celebrating Pentecost at home

From red candles on a cake, to a shared prayer, there are many ways United Methodists can mark the church's birthday with family devotionals. Read More

Pastor who built tiny house learned lessons about going green, living simply, and making room for Jesus. Screen capture from a video by United Methodist Communications.

Pastor on going green: Smaller footprint, more room for Jesus

United Methodist pastor Rev. Rebecca Rutter believes living simply benefits our planet and can deepen our spiritual lives. Earth Day is April 22. Read More

The United Methodist Book of Discipline serves as a guide for members and churches. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Ways United Methodists can talk together about war and peace

Violence and military action raise questions for many United Methodists. Talking together about difficult issues can help us hear God speaking to us. Read More

Charles Wesley’s “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is sung in church of many denominations on Easter Sunday. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Risen today! A Wesley hymn devotion for Easter

United Methodists sing, “Raise your joys and triumphs high!” as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The final word is life, eternal life with God. Read More

Two students from Yugoslavia walk home together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Psalm 121: A Prayer for Travelers

Whether you are taking a journey or starting out on a new path in life, consider "The Traveler's Psalm" and let it guide your way. View

Children's answers about miracles provide great food for thought. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Do you believe in miracles? Children’s answers add depth at Easter

Young people's understanding of miracles can make the season more meaningful. “Stuff that you think isn’t possible becomes possible.” Read More

The Milky Way shines across the night sky in the outskirts of Lindside, WV. Photo by David Martin of Newport Mt.-Olivet United Methodist Church.

God’s Gift of the Earth: A Photo Prayer

'All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use it.' Video reflection helps celebrate Earth Day and the planet we share. View

A street memorial remembers crime victims. Chaplain Bruce Cook runs a support group for families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.

A United Methodist Prayer: Turning to God in Days of Trouble

When we are struggling with difficult news in our personal lives or in the world, we can ask God for comfort. View

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Lent and Easter

Many hymns of Charles Wesley focus on Lent and Easter themes. These devotions use some of this early Methodist's work to help us reflect on the season. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas

Charles Wesley, one of Methodism's founders, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. Four devotions drawing on his hymns help us reflect upon the miracle of Christmas. Read More

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The Cross: What do YOU see?

“God took that awful thing and redeemed it.” United Methodists reflect on the origin and meaning of Christianity's strongest symbol. View

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Sung or read, the hymns of Charles Wesley draw us closer to God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Lost in love: A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

The hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is Charles Wesley’s prayer for God to fill us with love more and more each day. Read More

Charles Wesley shares our theology in song, helping us study the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Forgiveness for me? A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

Charles Wesley’s “And Can It Be that I Should Gain?” teaches that Jesus' death and resurrection are expressions of God's amazing love for us. Read More

The Rev. Paul Chilcote sings a hymn of Charles Wesley during the 2016 Wesley Pilgrimage in England. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Singing Our Faith in Lent & Easter

Hymns are written to sing! In this podcast episode, the Rev. Paul Chilcote shares that Charles Wesley’s also teach us during the season. Listen

Rays of sun breaking through the clouds over water, image by Elms on the photo sharing site Morguefile.

An Easter Prayer for United Methodists

A meditation helps prepare our hearts for those first signs of the resurrection life of Easter. View

United Methodists sing of God’s grace during Lent. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“The invitation is to all:” A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

Charles Wesley’s “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” invites everyone to new life in Christ, to communion, and to welcome others. Read More

Candles are lit at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford, England.

A prayer in memory of John Wesley

On the anniversary of his death on March 2, John Wesley is remembered by United Methodists with a special prayer. Read More

Pilgrims visit the tomb of John Wesley and learn a valuable lesson for ministry from his epitaph. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What we can learn from the words on John Wesley’s tomb

The Methodist movement's founder was remembered as a great evangelist and his epitaph has lessons for every Christian. Wesley died March 2, 1791. Read More

In this episode of Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast, United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli shares how his cancer diagnosis impacted his life and faith. Photo courtesy of Jason Micheli.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Keeping Faith and Humor in Cancer

In this podcast episode, United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli shares what he learned about himself and his faith in the midst of a health crisis. Listen

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky gives ashes to a visitor to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site as part of an act of repentance. File photo by Ginny Underwood.

10 ideas for a more meaningful Ash Wednesday

With a little creativity, you can find ways to observe this holy day that begins Lent in the midst of your ordinary weekday routines. Read More

Gospel music artist Guy Penrod portrays a circuit rider. Photo courtesy of Gaither Music.

Hardships, faith of Methodist circuit riders inspire new music

A new video project uses excerpts of letters and journals from the circuit riders who first brought Methodism to rural America. Read More

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

Before I die, I want to _____: A Lenten reflection

Throughout these 40 days, how will you restore perspective and remember the gifts you've received from Jesus that make life full and meaningful? Read More

A chicken and bananas were gifts to visitors at a church in Kindu, Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by Matt Crum, United Methodist Communications.

A United Methodist Meditation: Knowing God is Nearby

Even when it seems things could not get any worse, we can take a moment to reflect on the wonder of all creation and to thank the Creator. View

A billboard features 95-year-old United Methodist Shirley Bachelder. Image courtesy of Shirley Bachelder.

95-Year-Old Billboard Star’s Message: Love

Meet the billboard poster gal who reminded a city to love one another. United Methodist Shirley Bachelder helps us count our blessings. View