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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Confession of Sin
A collection of prayers of confession.
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.
We Are Failing at Confession
In this article, Lisa Nichols Hickman says that protestants are failing in our prayers of confession.
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.
History of Hymns: “Depth of Mercy”
This offers background and commentary on Charles Wesley's 1740 hymn, “Depth of Mercy.”