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Topical Study on Prayer Prayer is address to God. It may include praise, thanksgiving, confession, lament, or petition, including intercession. Prayer may be said, thought, or sung. Prayer calls for reverence toward a holy God, but may also provide fellowship with a loving God. Shreveport Church Hosts ‘Park and Pray’ to Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Article by Kenley Hargett https://www.ksla.com/2020/03/19/shreveport-church-hosts-park-pray-help-stop-spread-coronavirus Article by Kenley Hargett Topics: Prayer , Worship , Church Source: KSLA News Shreveport’s Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Louisiana has come up with an innovative way to host church service. Instead of filling up the pews, church members park and sit in their cars for service. Sadie, the Prayer Dog Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Sadie-Prayer-Dog-Alyce-McKenzie-02-25-2013 Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie Topics: Prayer , Lent , Parables , Repentance Source: Patheos As a Lenten text, Luke 13:1-9, encourages us to heed Jesus' urgent call to repentance and not miss out on joy we are missing. Lent is a good time to repent and head toward God. Ash Wednesday Worship Element of Worship by Debra Rienstra http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/ash-wednesday-worship Element of Worship by Debra Rienstra Topics: Ash Wednesday , Lent , Repentance , Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra. Unimaginable Words Service Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/unimaginable-words-matthew-26 Service Outline Topics: Good Friday , Maundy Thursday , Peter , Darkness Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards. Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources Article by William H. Wiggins, Jr. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=8 Article by William H. Wiggins, Jr. Topics: Ash Wednesday , Humility , Jesus , Worship Planning Source: The African American Lectionary William H. Wiggins, Jr. shares the following cultural resources to celebrate Ash Wednesday in the African American community: historical background, a prayer, the ritual of "Love Feasts," and three spirituals. The Power of Persistence, Part 2 Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Power-Persistence-Alyce-McKenzie-10-22-2013 Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie Topics: Parables , Humility , Exegesis , Trust Source: Patheos This commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, focusing on the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-loathing that keeps us from trusting God to work. Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation Sermon Starter/Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/lent-planning-guide Sermon Starter/Outline Topics: Lent , Liturgy , Worship Planning , Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. How the Church Can Respond to the Coronavirus Practical How-To by Phillip Bethancourt https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/how-the-church-can-respond-to-the-coronavirus Practical How-To by Phillip Bethancourt Topics: Prayer , Church Source: The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention How should churches handle COVID-19? This article explains why churches should care about COVID-19 and offers practical guidelines that churches can use to respond to the pandemic. The Call is Urgent Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Olson https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=867 Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Olson Topics: Ash Wednesday , Repentance , Sin , Fasting Source: Working Preacher A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways." A Prayer Service of Lament for Race and Injustice Service Outline by Paul Burkhart http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/150660410875/a-prayer-service-of-lament-for-race-injustice Service Outline by Paul Burkhart Topics: Prayer , Lament , Injustice , Racism Source: Global Worship The prayer service of lament for racism and injustice includes readings from Habakkuk and Lamentations, spread throughout four prayer-cycles with older and newer prayers, plus times of silence. Using Common Materials to Communicate the Themes of Lent Service Outline by Debra Levey Larson https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1990/dirt-foot-cross-using-common-materials-communicate-themes-lent Service Outline by Debra Levey Larson Topics: Service , Lent , Art , Worship Planning Source: Reformed Worship During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, like dirt and twigs. This resource also provides a Lenten service outline with a large responsive reading section. Comfort, Comfort Now My People: A hymn and prayer service on the theme of peace Service Outline by Emily R. Brink https://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-2002/comfort-comfort-now-my-people-hymn-and-prayer-service-theme-peace Service Outline by Emily R. Brink Topics: Worship , War and peace , Liturgy , Worship Planning Source: Reformed Worship Emily R. Brink offers an outline for a prayer service for peace that features scripted commentary and hymns to provide comfort and aid reflection. Full Text Hymns on prayer service Psalm 141: My Prayers Rise Like Incense©
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Why Ash Wednesday? Article by Laura Smit http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/why-ash-wednesday- Article by Laura Smit Topics: Ash Wednesday Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Moleben (Prayer Service) For Global Pandemic Element of Worship https://www.ancientfaith.com/specials/encouragement_during_the_coronavirus_pandemic/moleben_prayer_service_for_global_pandemic Element of Worship Topics: Prayer , Worship Planning Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Amid COVID-19 concerns, this Orthodox church moleben (prayer service) helps us turn our face towards God and seek his mercy, help, and forgiveness. Two Prayer Services Service Outline by Lora Roosendaal https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-2017/two-prayer-services Service Outline by Lora Roosendaal Topics: Prayer , Adoration , Confession , Thanksgiving Source: Reformed Worship These two prayer services are based on the same prayer outline of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. The services are meant to be fairly simple, with opportunity to pray through Scripture and song. Prayer for Peace; Pledge for Tomorrow Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/09/sept-11-anniversary-prayer-for-peace.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Prayer , Service , Peace , Nation Source: Re-Worship Christine Longhurst shares a prayer titled "Prayer for Peace; Pledge for Tomorrow," written for the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The prayer is focused on asking for the gifts necessary to move forward in love. "Lectio Divina:" A Morning Prayer Service Audio/Video by Joella Ranaivoson http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/lectio-divina-a-morning-prayer-service Audio/Video by Joella Ranaivoson Topics: Silence , Contemplation Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship This morning prayer service follows five moments of lectio divina: reading and listening to (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), seeing into (visio), responding to (oratio), and resting in (contemplatio) the word of God. Includes a handout. We Live and Work in God's World: Prayer Service for Crops and Industry Element of Worship by Mike Vanden Bosch https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1989/we-live-and-work-gods-world-prayer-service-crops-and-industry Element of Worship by Mike Vanden Bosch Topics: Prayer , Work , Worship Planning , Business Source: Reformed Worship Mike Vanden Bosch presents an order of worship for a prayer service for agriculture and industry that includes scripted meditations for each. Prayer for Peace in Syria, Iraq, and Libya Service Outline http://www.caritas.org.nz/sites/default/files/PrayerforpeaceinSyriaandbeyond.pdf Service Outline Topics: Suffering , Marginalization , Homelessness , Refugees Source: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand The World Council of Churches crafted this prayer service with certain communities in mind. However, you can ... Prayers of the People Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/05/prayers-of-people-proper-6-b.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Prayer , Intercession , Ministry , Witness Source: Re-Worship This prayer of intercession (with response) works well as a pastoral prayer, prayers of the people, and for a special prayer service for the needs of the congregation and neighboring community.

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