The Call is Urgent
A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways."
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.
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.
Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B)
Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
A Life of Listening
Hugh Feiss highlights different aspects of St. Benedict's Rule in this article. For Benedict, a monastic life was centered around prayerful listening to God, Scripture, church fathers, the abbot and each other.
Confession of Sin
Prayers of confession can prompt us to acknowledge our sinful actions, confront our corrupt nature, or reveal our impure intentions. This collection of prayers offers a variety of ways to bring our needs to God.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
The Wisdom of Corporate Confession
In this article Joyce Borger emphasizes the importance of regularly including confession of sin and the assurance of pardon in times of communal worship.
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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Preachers & Poets
An article featuring four, brief biographies of leaders in the Puritan movement. From prison ministry to poetry, these four men served the Church widely and deeply.
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.
A Confession of Sin and an Assurance that Quenches Our Thirst
This resource contains both Renee C. Jackson's confession based on Exodus 17:1-17, John 4 that repents for our pride and sins of omission and Jackson's assurance inspired by Romans 5, John 4 that requests living water.
Prayer: Thanksgiving, Confession of Sin, and Petition
Prayer of thanksgiving for abundance followed by confession of complicity in unjust systems and request for forgiveness, the naming of God's commitment to the needy, and a petition that we be faithful witnesses.
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.
Defining the Forgiveness of Sins in the Apostle's Creed
This is a podcast discussion of the meaning of "the forgiveness of sins" in the Apostle's Creed. Dave Bast and Scott Hoezee interview Sue Rozeboom about the definition of the term and more.
Presenting Sin and Repentance to Children
Exodus 32:7-14; Psalms 14, 51; Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Luke 15:1-10; Acts 9:1-22; and 1 Timothy 1:12-17 focus on the ideas of sin and repentance. Carolyn Brown keeps those themes in focus as she discusses how these...
Defender of God’s Justice
"Arminius did not want anyone to think God could be the cause of sin and evil." An article on the theology of Jacob Arminius, which is rooted in God's justice and "twofold love."