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....
Good Friday: What Abides
Good Friday is the subject of this blessing poem and piece of artwork.
The Call is Urgent
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."
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
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.
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....
"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.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
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.
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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Blessed Is She Who Believed
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...
Blessed Are Those
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....
What is the purpose of God's blessing? A quotation by Warren Wiersbe on topics of blessing and serving. This illustration is appropriate for 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Galatians 5:13, Hebrews 13:16 and similar passages.
Jes Kast reflects on blessings, from Matthew 5 and Numbers 6, and the comfort and hope God's blessings bring to us.
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.
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.
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.
Blessed and Judged
This commentary on Matthew 21:33-46 suggests the parable pulls us toward that unknown future in which we will be both blessed and judged, and about which we know only that it is anchored in Jesus Christ.