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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
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
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." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources 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.
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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work Author: Joslyn Ogden Schaefer
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
Unimaginable Words 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
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
Advent Waiting 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
"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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship Author: Elfie Bohl 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 Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Debra Levey Larson
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. Resource type: Drama Source: Reformed Worship Author: Bernard J. Haan, Jr.
Full Text Hymns on Blessing Make Me a BlessingPD
Come, Thou Fount of Every BlessingPD
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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... Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr 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.... Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor W. Burton-Edwards Purposeful Blessings 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Warren Wiersbe 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 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 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 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 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Sharon H. Ringe
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