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Advent Waiting Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship
Aging from the Perspective of the Cross This study guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz uses Luke 9:21-25 and 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, 4:10 to reflect on the difficulty of aging and giving a Biblical context to one's personal value. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Christian History Chart: Not your parents’ Middle Ages This timeline shows that the period of history often referred to as the "Dark Ages," actually included four Renaissance, beginning with the ruler, Charlemagne, who is credited with establishing Christendom. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Age to Age - A Reflection This reflection shares the insights of a multi-generational group of Christians who met to discuss the book "The Church of All Ages" and the topic of intergenerational worship. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Marc Nelesen Aging with Hope and Wonder Terry Thomas Primer's article about aging uses the story of Abraham and Sarah having their son Isaac at an advanced age to reflect on the hope and purpose God can inspire in later stages of life. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Terry Thomas Primer Seats of learning Before the late Middle Ages, most Christians would have found our sitting in church extremely odd. Where did pews come from, and why do we spend so much time in them? This article answers that question.... Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Jennifer Woodruff Tait Age as Accomplishment This devotional reflection by Lillian Daneil illustrates the "accomplishment" of growing older and the importance of acknowledging that age can be a blessing. Resource type: Devotional Source: Day1 Author: Lillian Daniel Aging from the Perspective of the Cross In his article about aging, Stephen Sapp confronts the cultural and human issues surrounding growing old and while providing a Biblical perspective on suffering, discipleship, and human value. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Stephen Sapp Aging Together in Grace Churches can offer a countercultural message about the gifts of older adults and walk with them through the challenges of aging. Joan Huyser-Honig shares three things that churches can do to make this countercultural shift. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Joan Huyser-Honig Hope for the Age to Come The age of injustice in which we find ourselves is doomed, and a new age is about to dawn. A variety of worship planning resources focusing on 1 Samuel 1:4-2:10; Mark 13:1-8; and Hebrews 10:11-18. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Worship Author: St. John Chrysostom
Golden Age? A Pentecost Sunday sermon on Acts 2:1-21. Charles K. Robertson discusses that the "Golden Age" is not in the past but it is right now as we encounter the living Christ again and again in unexpected... Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Charles K. Robertson Full Text Hymns on Aging It is stage by stage to the golden agePD
Rock of ages, cleft for mePD
O God, Our Help in Ages PastPD
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How to Preach to a Death-Filled Age How should the Christian pulpit address a death-filled age? In this lecture, George Arthur Buttrick revisits the church's preaching on heaven and hell. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Author: George Arthur Buttrick Getting Ready for the New Age A sermon on Luke 3:1-6 from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. Jesus is our deliverer. Advent reminds us that, as deliverer, he initiates a new age of transformation. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr What Makes All Ages Delight in the Psalms An article covering the experiences of two schools who decided to "dwell in the Psalms" for a year, discussing how it revealed that the Spirit can work through kids and adults of any age. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Joan Huyser-Honig Mystagogy in the Digital Age Mystagogy means to lead those, just initiated into the life of the Church, to what it is they are now to become. This Catholic article discusses the unique opportunities for mystagogy in a digital age. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Michael J. Denk Planning Age-Inclusive Advent and Christmas Services Many children join the congregation in the sanctuary for the first time during the Advent Christmas season. This warrants the special attention of church leaders and worship planners. Carolyn Brown offers tips for age-inclusive worship practices. Resource type: Article Source: Worshiping With Children Author: Carolyn Brown Hours and Days and Years and Ages James Bratt shares a hymn, "Hours and Days and Years and Ages", and reflects on its meaning in the midst of the closing stages of Advent. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: James Bratt All Ages Needed for Intergenerational Worship Though many churches offer multiple worship options, each pegged to an age or generation, Howard Vanderwell and Steve Burger make a case for intergenerational worship that has families worshiping together. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Joan Huyser-Honig "A Meeting in Middle Age" The Collected Stories A summary of a dialogue from A Meeting in Middle Age. Mrs. Da Tanka ridicules Mr. Milesonhim for his insignificant life. An illustration of our dependence on God's loving-kindness being there for all the generations. Resource type: Book Quote Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: William Trevor
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