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A Blessing in the Ashes Commentary/Exegesis by Jan Richardson http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/02/08/ash-wednesday-a-blessing-in-the-ashes/ Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Painted Prayerbook Author: Jan Richardson

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Good Friday: What Abides Commentary/Exegesis by Jan Richardson http://paintedprayerbook.com/2011/04/19/good-friday-what-abides/ Good Friday is the subject of this blessing poem and piece of artwork. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Painted Prayerbook Author: Jan Richardson

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The Call is Urgent Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Olson https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=867 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." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson

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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources Sermon Illustration by William H. Wiggins, Jr. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=8 This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.

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Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday Element of Worship by Taylor Burton-Edwards https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/contemporary-service-for-ash-wednesday Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor Burton-Edwards

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Unimaginable Words Service Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/unimaginable-words-matthew-26 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. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

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Ash Wednesday Worship Element of Worship by Debra Rienstra http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/ash-wednesday-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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Debra Rienstra

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Advent Waiting Song/Hymn http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/135651017705/advent-waiting-prayers-song 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

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"Blessing / Barakoo (The Gambia)" Song/Hymn by Elfie Bohl http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/54787638625/blessing-barakoo-the-gambia-elfie-bohl-did "Blessing / Barakoo (The Gambia)" is a song by Elfie Bohl who did ministry in West Africa for some years. The song is based on the Aaronic Blessing and some New Testament texts as well. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship Author: Elfie Bohl

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Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent Article by Debra Levey Larson https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1990/dirt-foot-cross-using-common-materials-communicate-themes-lent During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Debra Levey Larson

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Sights and Sounds of Lent: Children's Meditations for the Season Drama by Bernard J. Haan, Jr. https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1997/sights-and-sounds-lent-childrens-meditations-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. Resource type: Drama Source: Reformed Worship Author: Bernard J. Haan, Jr.

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Full Text Hymns on Blessing Make Me a BlessingPD
Come, O Fount of Every Blessing©
Praise God From Whom All Blessings FlowPD
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Bless Article by Jes Kast https://blog.perspectivesjournal.org/2017/06/28/bless/ Jes Kast reflects on blessings, from Matthew 5 and Numbers 6, and the comfort and hope God's blessings bring to us. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jes Kast

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Blessed Is She Who Believed Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr http://collections.carli.illinois.edu:80/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/2092 A sermon on Luke 1:39-49 from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. Mary's faith and the Holy Spirit's work combine to shape the infant, Jesus. We are blessed to if we have faith in what we do... Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr

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Blessed Element of Worship by John van de Laar http://sacredise.com/prayers/type/confession/blessed/ This responsive prayer poem encourages the congregation to open themselves to blessings by offering themselves to the Lord in worship and obedience and by committing themselves to the purposes and practices of God. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar

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Blessed Are Those Service Outline by Taylor W. Burton-Edwards https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship/lectionary-calendar/fourth-sunday-after-the-epiphany5 Service and sermon planning notes focusing on Micah 6:1-8 and the beatitudes from Matthew 5. Themes include boasting in Christ, the requirements and blessings of Jesus' teaching, the glory of God, and more. Includes hymns suggestions.... Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor W. Burton-Edwards

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Blessed Alliance: Marriage and the Proverbs 31 Couple Article by Carolyn Custis James https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/1524/blessed-alliance-marriage-and-the-proverbs-31-couple Describing God's vision that married partners would build God's Kingdom, Carolyn Custis James' article on Proverbs 31 explains that a woman who is wise and productive is a blessing to her husband's influence in community affairs. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Carolyn Custis James

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Blessing the Nations Sermon Starter/Outline by Stan Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/easter-6c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Stan Mast writes a sermon starter focusing on the missional nature of Psalm 67, which emphasizes God’s blessing to the nations and the "us" for "them" dynamic that eclipses "us" vs. "them" thinking. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Stan Mast

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Blessings Element of Worship https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/blessings Five traditional blessings for use in church: two from Scripture, one from the Navajo nation, one from Gaelic tradition and the last from the Sarum liturgy of medieval England. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit Sermon (Complete) by Richard Finn http://torch.op.org/torch/blessed-are-the-poor-in-spirit In this homily, Richard Finn thinks about Jesus' words "Blessed are the poor in spirit" and what they mean if the Beatitudes are the way of life that Jesus himself already lives through the Holy Spirit. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch Author: Richard Finn

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