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The Power of Persistence, Part 2 Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, elucidating the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-deprecation that keeps us from trusting God to work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
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
Advent Confession Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Nathan Nettleton
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
History of Hymns: “Out of the Depths I Cry to You” This offers background and commentary on Martin Luther's (1483-1546) hymn, "Out of the Depths I Cry to You,” which is based on Psalm 130. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn God's Call and Human Response This is a full worship planning resource on Exodus 3:1–15, Psalm 105, Romans 12:9–21 and Matthew 16:21–28. It includes liturgy planning, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Confession of Sin This article is a reflection of Robert Capon's writing on the nature of confession, exploring how it's not an apology or solution for sin but a submission of our right to our own life. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: David Fitch The Freedom of Confession Although confession of sin may seem to be harsh or unkind expectation, Psalm 32 helps us see that it is the path to true freedom from the heavy hand of guilt. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Stan Mast 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. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Full Text Hymns on Confession of Sin God of mercy! God of grace!PD
I lay my sins on JesusPD
Have Thine Own Way, LordPD
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Paul's Expectations of Generosity Kelly Liebengood reflects on teachings about generosity in the Pauline epistles. Paul reminds us that generosity "is generated by the transforming grace of God manifested in the self-emptying life of Jesus Christ." Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Kelly D. Liebengood Confession of Sin A collection of prayers of confession. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Making Space in the Neighborhood For Reconciliation This article explores Matthew 18:15-20 by arguing that based on the text, reconciliation starts with our own personal confession of sin after a genuine encounter with Christ. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: David Fitch We Are Failing at Confession In this article, Lisa Nichols Hickman says that protestants are failing in our prayers of confession. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Lisa Hickman Sin? A short quotation from "Speaking of Sin: The Lost Language of Salvation" by Barbara Brown Taylor that illustrates our tendency to neither confess nor talk about sin. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Barbara Brown Taylor History of Hymns: “Depth of Mercy” This offers background and commentary on Charles Wesley's 1740 hymn, “Depth of Mercy.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Ronnie Wilson
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