Search ResultsFrederick Buechner on Avarice A quotation from Frederick Buechner on avarice. He says, "The more you give away in love, the more you are." Harmony as God Intended Reflecting on Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 4:6-9, and Matthew 21:33-43, this resource warns about choosing avarice over virtue. It encourages us to use our free will to fulfill God's original design for this world. One God, two questions, and three things the church needs Daniel Aleshire's commencement address affirms the reality of God, the importance of paying attention to what is going on, and three needs of the church: missional leaders, gifted leaders, and multiplication of gifts. Dorothy Sayers and the Other Six Deadly Sins Society has turned myopic eye to focus on lust alone as the sign of immorality. The other six, and in particular the vices of avarice, envy, sloth, and pride, are ignored or lifted up as virtue. Setting Free the Flesh Reflecting on Matthew 11:25-30, John Kavanaugh writes that the flesh-bound mind is powerless to escape the yoke of lust, violence, and avarice. However, Paul knew that the body inspirited could become a temple of eternal promise. Dives and Lazarus This sculpture from the South Portal at the Church of Saint Pierre in Moissac, France from 1115-30 depicts Jesus' parable of the Dives and Lazarus from Luke 16:19-31. (Scroll down for image.) All Saints Sunday Preaching and worship planning resources for All Saints Sunday based on Psalm 145, 149, 150, Daniel 7, Haggai 1:15-2:9, Ephesians 1:11-23, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, and Luke 6:20-31, 20:27-38. Watch Night This worship resource offers resources to plan a Watch Night service to usher out the old year and welcome the dawning of a new year. Within this resource a litany and songs are provided. Greater Love... In this sermon illustration, Thomas Merton introduces themes of loving your enemies, compassion, and reconciliation by reflecting on how often the reason for an enemy is how we ourselves have treated that enemy. A Lively Look at the Seven Deadly Sins: An Eight-Week Series These services would work extremely well as a Lenten series. The season of Lent calls us to repentance, and to recognizing the need for the divine sacrifice for human sin. This series provides such a focus. Full Text Hymns on Avarice Let avarice from shore to shorePD
Our Father, Thou in Heaven AbovePD
How bless'd the upright in the way!PD
See more hymns... Filthy Rags of Deadly Sins: A Visual Focus on Repentance Our Lent series this year focused on the theme of sin. We used the seven deadly sins as a guide to examine our sin in some of the services. Blessings and Woes in God's Economy Sermon and service planning notes for an All Saints Day service. The texts (Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18, Psalm 149, Psalm 150, Ephesians 1:11-23. Luke 6:20-31) are full of rejoicing in the promise to the holy ones. Good People Keep Good Rules This blog post gives pointers for teaching children from the Lectionary passages (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalms 15, 45:1-2, 6-9; 51; Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23; James 1:17-27) and offers resources for planning worship. Watch Night The Watch Night is an African American tradition for New Years, similarly as Christians we are drawn to the spiritual around New Years. Here is a service outline including responses, hymns, spirituals, and visual aid recommendations. Till We Have Built Jerusalem In this homily based on Revelation 21, Denis Minns reflects on the hope of the book of Revelation: that one day God will dwell with human beings in the New Jerusalem. Back from the Brothel An illustration by Philip Yancey, quoting C.S. Lewis on the problem of avarice among the religious and prosperous. Calvin’s Geneva and the 500th Protestant Reformation Anniversary Whether you observe Halloween, All Saints’ Day or Reformation Sunday, you probably know Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door on October 31, 1517. This interview with historian, Karen Maag, shows why that... Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Planning Notes This service and sermon planning notes focus on Moses' farewell sermon and Jesus' call to a deeper following of the Law.