A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey' Part 2 of 2
In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson uses a personal irritation for the metaphor “Lent is a journey" to reflect on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful season.
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.
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.
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: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
Emergency Alert System
This reflection on Mark 13:24-37 addresses three temptations Mark’s church may have been facing as they waited the Day of the Lord. Alyce McKenzie suggests temptations we might face as we practice Advent waiting.
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when...
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 in the Marketplace
Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of...
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Copyright 101: When a Hymn or Song Has Multiple Copyrights (USA Only)
This article outlines USA copyright law and a church's responsibilities when a piece has more than one copyright, suggesting that the small-print copyright information at the bottom of each hymn contains important information.
Copyright 101: Copying Individual Pages (USA Only)
This article outlines USA copyright law and a church's responsibilities when copying individual pages.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
Hearing a Parable with the Early Church
Mikael C. Parsons on how the Greco-Roman context of Jesus's parables means the allegorizing of the early and medieval church can lead us closer to the “original” message of Jesus.
Copyright 101: Penalties for Copyright Infringement (USA Only)
This article outlines USA copyright law and the potential penalties for a church found guilty of copyright infringement.
Copyright 101: Grand Performance Rights (US Only)
This article outlines USA copyright law and a church's performance of copyrighted music, drama and dance.
Hymn: O God, From Our Working You Call Us Away
This hymn was composed in 2009 to remind people of the value of church conferences and camps. It is set to the traditional Welsh tune, ST. DENIO.
This sermon starter and commentary on Matthew 16:13-19 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for celebrating a Church Anniversary Sunday.