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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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian 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. Resource type: Image Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Elizabeth Steele Halstead
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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Jerome Creach
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
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... Resource type: Image Source: Loyola Press Author: Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
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
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. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Bishop Abraham Mar Julios 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Bruce Prewer 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: J. Clinton McCann 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. Resource type: Study Guide Source: Reformed Church in America Confession of Faith A responsive confession of faith, based on the Apostles' Creed. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Worship Author: Keith Lohman 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts Full Text Hymns on Confession of Faith O for a faith that will not shrinkPD
Alleluia! Alleluia!PD
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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Stephen Paul Bouman 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 Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Erik Heen 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." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr 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." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Sunday Website Author: John J. Pilch 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Scott E. Hoezee 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.... Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Word on Fire Author: Robert Barron 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Day1 Author: Bruce Reyes-Chow 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Thom Shuman
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