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.
Cross of Wood
A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf.
Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10
Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
Confession of Faith, Eucharist, and Martyrdom
An article by Bishop Abraham Mar Julios exploring the question of how persecution and martyrdom serve God's kingdom. Julios, using Scripture and patristic source, relates martyrdom to the essential of confessing our faith.
Confession of Faith: Baptism of Jesus
This is a responsive affirmation of faith inspired by the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River from Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 3:13-17, Luke 3:21-23, Romans 6:3-6, and Galatians 3:27.
Affirmation of Faith
This commentary on Psalm 16 links it to Psalm 15, suggesting it as an affirmation of faith following the entrance liturgy of Psalm 15.
Studying the Belhar Confession
A study guide for reflecting on the Belhar Confession as a living confession of faith that speaks directly to ministry and mission in North America.
Confession of Faith
A responsive confession of faith, based on the Apostles' Creed.
So Little Faith
This devotional on Matthew 8:26 considers faith, suggesting that our confession of faith might be correct, but our hearts can lag behind when the storms of life threaten us.
Full Text Hymns on Confession of Faith
O for a faith that will not shrinkPD
Faith of our fathers, living stillPD
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Confessing the Cross
Confession of faith leads to the cross. Following Jesus requires giving God our lives so that God will give us renewed life.
Faith in the Real Word
This commentary on Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 considers faith in the real world, a world made visible by those who are drawn into the very heart of God by the divine work of faith in them
Faith! Say It!
Sermon notes on 2 Timothy 3:14 and the meaning and nature of faith from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. "Faith is the total framework out of which we live...rooted in what is heard...worthy of our living."
Eyes of Faith
This commentary on John 11:1-45 points out the tensions between a Western scientific perspective and the dimensional realities of Jesus' and Lazarus' resurrections. Sometimes faith "does not rest on proof."
Balance Beam of Faith
Preaching notes by Scott Hoezee on Hebrews 12:18-29: Christians are on the balance beam of faith. To stay on the beam we have to know BOTH how gracious Jesus is AND how radically holy he is.
The Way of the One
Robert Barron preaches on Mark 8:27-35. Peter's confession of faith in Jesus illuminates not only his divine identity, but also the necessity of curtailing the self-striving of the ego in its need for comfort and glory....
A Prayer for Political People of Faith
Bruce Reyes-Chow offers a prayer of confession in order to highlight the ways people of faith can engage a world that is often embroiled in toxic political disputes.
Confessing Our Lack of Faith
Thom Shuman's confession includes a call to reconciliation that describes our lack of faith in the midst of fear, a prayer of confession that describes our doubt, and an assurance of pardon that describes God's forgiveness.