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Cynthia Cowen

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  • Road Signs Airlines And Stars


    These all-new inspirational programs are sure to bring wonder and joy to your congregation’s seasonal celebration. In this book you travel with youth as they pick up friends and road signs on their way to a church Christmas party. It’s an exciting resource with a salvation message that’s perfect for a Sunday school program or worship service. Then join Mary and Joseph as they make their way to Bethlehem on Salvation Airlines in The Christmas Travelers. A Sunday school pageant with a unique twist, this program declares the message of Christ’s birth through narration, readings, and song. Star Of Wonder gives you an opportunity to involve older youth or college students in a complete Christmas Eve worship service for families.

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  • 18 Special Worship Celebrations


    God is constantly adding ingredients to our life of faith and creating a wonderful mixture of faith, hope and trust in Jesus. (from A Feast Of Worship)

    As a quilt wraps us up in the warmth of its cover, we thank God and mothers for the warmth of their love. (from A Special Youth Service For Mother’s Day)

    18 Special Worship Celebrations is a collection of worship resources that enhance the life of any congregation. It follows the style of The Weaving Of Hearts, the author’s popular first book of worship resources.

    Themes include:
    Morning devotional service
    Memorial Day observance
    Celebration of baptism
    Installation of pastor
    All Saints’ Day
    and 13 others

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  • Lite Worship Services For Advent And Christmas


    Popular CSS author Cynthia Cowen returns with three more imaginative programs that will spice up the Advent/Christmas season for any size congregation. Prepare Your Heart For Christmas is a service of carols and reflections that’s perfect for a midweek Advent program. Designed as a youth program, Advent Bells includes a brief skit with bell ringers and unique chorus songs. We Welcome The Light Of Christmas is a memorable family service for Christmas Eve with a humorous sketch about the Good News and a lost Frisbee which has turned into the Christmas star.

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  • Creating Gods Family In Christmas


    The traditional children’s pageant comes together with Christmas scripture lessons, hymns, and other elements of a worship service. The program culminates with the completion of a “living” creche, gradually built throughout the ceremony. Among the very practical features this resource offers are “Leader’s Helps” and a sample bulletin format. No memorization of lines is required. The only setting required is a simple backdrop and manger.

    Here is a family Christmas worship resource that provides opportunities to involve children from pre-kindergarten on up.

    Included are:
    Call to Worship
    Christmas hymns
    The Christmas scripture lessons
    Age group presentations from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade
    A suggested bulletin layout
    Leader’s helps

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  • Lights Symbols And Angels


    Lights, Symbols And Angels is a compilation of related worship resources that will enhance the Advent/Christmas worship life of any congregation, large or small.

    O Come, Blessed Light Of The World! is ideal for raising awareness of the Advent season for families. Those using the material will learn about the Advent candles, read God’s Word for the day, and have a challenge of action each week. Devotions include a reading, reflection, and prayer.

    Celebrating The Advent Wreath is a special Advent service which can be used for mid-week or women’s programs. Reflections on each candle will help participants learn more about the Advent wreath.

    Christmas Symbols And Songs is a program which blends sharing the meaning of traditional Christmas symbols with the singing of a variety of carols. It’s excellent for a fellowship potluck, women’s tea or program, mid-week worship service, or an intergenerational event.

    Angels Inspire Our Worship is an order of worship with a skit that’s ideal for a youth program. The skit, Hark! It’s Harold And The Angel Band, dramatizes an imaginary encounter between Gabe (the archangel Gabriel disguised as a stock boy), Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Grumpier (old men shopping at Heaven’s Grocery Store), and an angel band led by Harold.

    Angels In The Outfield is a resource for a Sunday worship experience, mid-week service, or special Advent program. The worship is designed around the ministry of angels, using a baseball theme with appropriate hymns featuring angels.

    A Christmas Celebration is a communion/candlelight service for Christmas Eve with readings, litanies, and carols.

    A prolific and enthusiastic writer of worship resources, Cynthia E. Cowen has been an established writer with CSS Publishing Company since 1991. She received a B.A. degree in education from Northern Michigan University and is a graduate of the Northern Great Lakes Synod Lay School for Mission. Cowen has served as a licensed lay minister in the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the ELCA at Calvary Lutheran Church, Quinnesec, Michigan, and is currently a rostered Associate in Ministry in Youth And Family at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain, Michigan. She was elected to the Executive Board of the Church Wide Women’s Organization of the Women of the ELCA in 1996, and served on its Printed Resources committee.

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  • Hear The Bells Ring


    Anyone who has used Cynthia Cowen’s resources knows that they have the following characteristics:

    They are complete — everything you need is here;
    They require little preparation, rehearsal, or props;
    They are theologically sound and spiritually uplifting.

    Many churches have discovered recently that families wish to include worship in the festivities of their Christmas day. This is the perfect way to do it without requiring a lot of work.

    It’s all here: call to worship, Christmas carols, litanies, meditations, scripture readings, and more!

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  • Bread And Broth (Student/Study Guide)


    Serve a different kind of soup and bread each week as you study the lives of Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elisha, John the Baptist and Jesus in this six-part series. Each study provides a recipe for the soup of the week. Members can be invited to prepare the soup and bake breads to share. This program allows congregations to enjoy a fellowship meal together as they learn about a biblical character.

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  • Who Me Do A Program 1


    The title of this book is a cry often heard by leaders of organizations. This resource is a response to that cry. Designed to be a 12-month guide, there are programs for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, the Christmas season, Lent and more.
    The programs are designed for easy implementation at women’s meetings, youth gatherings and congregational events. Leader’s helps are provided to indicate what props, songs and readers are needed. This collection of 15 programs is reflective, at times humorous, and includes skits, meditations and other suggestions to fit particular seasons.

    Programs for various months include:
    * February — A Heart Filled With Love
    * March — From Slavery To Sainthood
    * May — A Humorous Look At Some Hopeful Women
    * July — God’s Picnic Basket
    * August — The Armor Of God
    * October — In Pursuit Of The Right Spirit
    * November — The Exodus Murmurs
    * … and eight more

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  • This Is The King


    Pilate: Are you the king of the Jews?
    Jesus: Do you say this on your own or did others tell you this about me?
    Narrator: Pilate was startled to hear the authority and depth of the man’s voice.
    — from “This Is the King! “dramatic reading
    “This Is the King!” is a complete resource for congregations wanting a special Palm/Passion Sunday celebration.
    Worshipers will find:
    – An order of service with a blessing of the palms
    – Scriptures for the day
    – A children’s sermon
    – Hymn selections
    – A dramatic reading
    – A service of communion
    The children’s sermon title is “Churning Up the Waves.” The dramatic reading, “This Is the King!” is offered in place of a sermon. It uses a narrator, Pilate, and Jesus.

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