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.
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...
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
History of Hymns: “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”
This offers background and commentary on the 1759 hymn by Joseph Hart (1712-1768): "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy."
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 and Identity
This article sees faith as a public confession and identity. Taking cues from Acts, it says Christians are those whose common life positions them for visibility in the world as a witness to Jesus Christ.
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.
History of Hymns: “Depth of Mercy”
This offers background and commentary on Charles Wesley's 1740 hymn, “Depth of Mercy.”
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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"He Descended into Hell"
In this paper, Keith L. Johnson explains the meaning of "he descended into hell" from the Apostle's Creed and what this descent actually means for our life of faith.
Sweet Hours of Prayer
Study Guide and Adult Sunday School lesson based on the practice of fixed hours of prayer. Liturgical elements and study questions included.
We Are Failing at Confession
In this article, Lisa Nichols Hickman says that protestants are failing in our prayers of confession.
This article demonstrates how four lectionary texts inform our understanding of faith: Faith isn't a substance (Luke 17:5-10), isn't easy (Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4), doesn't oppose doubt (Psalm 37:1-9), and isn't solitary (2 Timothy 1:1-14).
The wisdom of women
In this article, Sister Mary Luke Jones of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Indiana shares 10 things she has learned from spending time with protestant women pastors.
Confession of Faith
A responsive confession of faith, based on the Apostles' Creed.