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.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
Blood:Water Mission, a Synergy of Justice and Art
Launched 10 years ago by the Christian band Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission draws on the power of artists -- musicians, writers, actors and visual artists -- to move people to creative social change.
Homilies - Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and the Blood of Christ
This set of Catholic homilies focuses on the Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, the blood of Christ, and the priesthood.
Reflecting on the nature of blood, this article by Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell discusses the life-giving and gruesome connotations of Jesus' blood and why Jesus' blood may or may not be an important image for atonement.
There Will Be Blood
Blood is life, Jeff Munroe says. Which profoundly impacts how we interpret the cross. With help from some colleagues, Munroe explores how the Jesus' sacrifice can be bloody without being barbaric.
The chief priests and elders decide what to do with the blood money
The Body and Blood of Christ
This commentary on Exodus 24:3-8, Psalm 116, Mark 14:12-26, and Hebrews 9:11-15 links the Eucharist to the passover atonement, the Psalmist's cup of salvation, the blood of the covenant, and Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Blood on Doorposts
Preparations are made for the Passover, as blood is put on the doorposts so that the angel of death will pass over
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears
Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts.
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
Full Text Hymns on Blood
I Know It Was the BloodPD
Nothing but the BloodPD
Are You Washed in the Blood?PD
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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.
Exegesis - Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
This exegesis of Ex 24:3-8, Ps 116:12-13, 15-18, Heb 9:11-15, and Heb 9:11-15 reflects on the meaning of blood in the Old and the New Testament and how the blood of Christ won eternal redemption.
Lowering Blood Pressure, One Day Off at a Time
The Duke Clergy Health Initiative has a holiday tip for pastors: Take some time off, both this season and throughout the year. Pastors who take less vacation time are more likely to have high blood pressure.
The Blood of the Covenant
This reflection on Mark 14:12-26 focuses on the blood of the covenant, suggesting that Jesus’ giving of his blood provides not only the model but the source of this new covenant gift of life.
The precious blood of the Lamb
Commenting on 1 Peter 1:17-23, Daniel Deffenbaugh says that in the first Passover, the blood of the unblemished lamb "was offered not as an appeasement to God but as a symbol of Yahweh's favor."
The Baptisms of Jesus; by Water, Fire, and Blood
Geoff Holsclaw discusses three aspects of Jesus' baptism and says the missional church needs all of them: confessing baptism (symbolized by water); baptism/filling of the Holy Spirit (fire); witness as a way of life (blood).
Interpreting the Water, Blood and Spirit
Demonstrating several parallels between 1 John 5:1-6 and John 19-20, this commentary by Alicia Myers explores why the Johannine community believed that the "water, blood, and Spirit" associated with Jesus' death are unified witnesses.
The Blood That Has Been Shed
In his homily for Palm Sunday, Aiden Nichols reflects on the saving power of the blood of Jesus Christ in anticipation for the rest of Holy Week (Isaiah 50: 4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1-15:47).