Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
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.
Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B)
Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions.
Why Ash Wednesday?
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.
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when...
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Baptism of the Lord
Sermon and service planning notes for Baptism of our Lord Sunday, focusing on Isaiah and Matthew. Includes hymns, articles, and key texts: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17.
Baptism of Our Lord Sunday
This podcast looks at the Epiphany lectionary text through the theme of God's voice for Baptism of our Lord Sunday: Mark 1:4-11, Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, and Acts 19:1-7.
Baptism of Our Lord call to Worship
This responsive call to worship for The Baptism of our Lord Sunday uses language that draws parallels between the baptism of Jesus, the creation story, and the outpouring of he Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Helping Kids Connect with Baptism of Our Lord Sunday
Carolyn Brown shares several ideas on how to connect children with what is happening in worship on Baptism of our Lord Sunday. Worshiping with Children is a weekly lectionary-driven resource for engaging and inclusive child-friendly worship.
Baptism of the Lord
This lectionary resource for the Baptism of the Lord includes planning tools and sermon notes for the stories of Jesus' baptism and Peter and John laying hands on Christ's followers to receive the Holy Spirit.
Sights and Sounds of Lent: Children's Meditations for the Season
Coins, a robe, a basin of water, they can all turn into something special for the season of Lent. One church created children’s Lenten meditations that engage their senses by using these objects and more.
The Baptism of Our Lord
A podcast conversation that discusses the baptism of Jesus in Luke 3:15-22 and its significance for understanding our own baptisms more deeply.
Full Text Hymns on Baptism of Our Lord
On Jordan's Banks the Baptist's CryPD
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Glorious Things of Thee Are SpokenPD
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Baptism of the Lord: The Terrible Beauty of the Saving Power of God
This lectionary resource for the Baptism of the Lord, focuses on the mystery, power, and beauty of God's saving power.
The Baptism of the Lord
Carolyn Brown provides a helpful list of ideas to celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Herein find Scriptures appropriate for the day as well as suggestions for congregational (all ages) reading of Scripture along with sermon ideas....
Baptism of Our Lord
Preaching on the history and meanings of baptism, this sermon by Susanna Metz on Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17 invites readers to take ownership of their baptism as an initiation into the mission of God.
Prayers of the People: Baptism of Our Lord
This is a prayer of intercession inspired by the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, and Luke 3:21-23.
Thoughts on the Baptism of Our Lord
In exploring Jesus' baptism, this commentary podcast discusses the relationship between baptism and identity (Matthew 3:13-17), baptism through "mighty waters" (Psalm 29), baptism as "a vocation of servanthood" (Isaiah 42:1-9) and God's surprising activity (Acts 10:34-48).
Celebrating the Baptism of the Lord
Focusing on the new creation, these Baptism of the Lord worship planning notes include commentary on Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, and Matthew 3:13-17 and instructions both for placing the baptismal font and for presiding over baptism.
Collect: Baptism of Our Lord
This collect for Epiphany offers a prayer centering on the Baptism of Jesus, as seen in Matthew 3:13-17. It focuses on the Trinitarian nature of God and renews our own baptismal covenant.
The Baptism of Our Lord
Susan Butterworth offers a sermon for Epiphany 1A which reflects on the nature of the collaboration between Jesus and John (Matt. 3:13-17; John 3:22-30), offering it as a model for ecumenical work in the modern church.