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.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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....
History of Hymns: “Come, thou Fount of Every Blessing”
This offers background and commentary on the Robert Robinson (1735-1790) hymn, "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing."
Guilt, Indulgence, Blessing
In a question-answer format, this article responds to common queries in Catholic theology. The responses address three topics: guilt, plenary indulgence, and apostolic blessing.
"Blessing / Barakoo (The Gambia)"
"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.
Benediction: Do not worry
Christine Longhurst offers a closing commission and benediction inspired by Matthew 6:25-34. "If God takes such good care of birds and flowers, how much more will He care for you?"
Blessing: The Trinity Restores You
This is a blessing inspired by Psalm 80 that affirms how the Trinity restores us--the Father loves us, the Son graces us, and the Holy Spirit live in us.
Benediction: Psalm 138
This short benediction by Christine Longhurst is based on Psalm 138 and emphasizes God's faithfulness.
Audio of "The Benediction," an instrumental worship song played by jazz saxophonist Jeremy Perigo.
Blessing When the World Is Ending
Jan Richardson offers her poem "Blessing When the World is Ending" with encouragement to "turn toward one another with wild and stubborn hope."
Full Text Hymns on Blessing
Make Me a BlessingPD
Come, Thou Fount of Every BlessingPD
Praise God From Whom All Blessings FlowPD
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Benediction: Trinity Sunday
Christine Longhurst presents Nathan Nettleton's commission and benediction for Trinity Sunday. "Go out and in all of life, worship the Lord. Entrust yourself to the winds of God’s Spirit."
A Sung Trinitarian Benediction
This is a beautiful short text by John Newton based on Paul's benediction to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 13:14). It is set to the beloved tune, NETTLETON (Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing).
A benediction inspired by Hebrews 12:1-2 that focuses on the illustration of the Christian life as a race, where sin must be cast aside for the sake of being wholly dependent on Jesus Christ.
All Saint's Day Song: Blessing and Honor
Jenna Martin and Karin Simmons co-wrote the song "Blessing and Honor" for All Saint's Day - a Christian festival in Western countries that celebrate the saints.
Benediction: James 3 - 4
Christine Longhurst shares a commission and benediction that was written by Nathan Nettleton and inspired by James 3:13-4:3.
Benediction: With thankful hearts
Christine Longhurst offers a paraphrase of Colossians 3:15-17 as a benediction. "Always be thankful. Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise."
Benediction: Psalm 111
Christine Longhurst shares a short benediction based on Psalm 111 that is taken from the Ministry Matters website.
This is a graduation blessing that seeks hearts and lives to always reflect God’s love and truth.