History of Hymns: “Crashing Waters at Creation”
This offers commentary on the 1991 hymn by Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993): "Crashing Waters at Creation.” A baptismal hymn, it shows that water and Spirit cannot be separated, for water simultaneously quenches thirst and fills the soul.
Divorce and Children
"To children, the voluntary separation of parents seems worse than their death." A short quotation from The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom that illustrates the effect of voluntary divorce on children.
A short quotation from an article called "Can the Government Prevent Divorce?" by Francine Russo that illustrates four strongest divorce indicators.
Caring for Children in Crisis - Study Guide
How should we respond to the grief that children experience in crises such as death, sexual abuse, and divorce? This study guide explores the topic of caring for children and includes liturgical elements and study questions.
Offertory Prayers and Invitation
This is a series of four Offertory Prayers for Lent, based on Exodus 34:29-35, Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Isaiah 55:1-9; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 and Philippians 3:17-21. Included is an Invitation to the Offering.
Divorce and Re-marriage
In this video, Jim Somerville preaches from Mark 10:2-16 about divorce and re-marriage, and our reluctance to consider such a text. (Length: 16:06)
This article provides insights and guidance for church communities who want to be helpful rather than hurtful as they walk alongside members whose marriages are heading towards divorce.
Divorce and Marriage
This devotional on Matthew 5:32 considers divorce ad marriage, suggesting that commitment to marriage both honours God and enriches our own lives.
Why did Jesus take a strong stand against divorce?
Reflecting on Mark 10:2-16, this podcast emphasizes that God is against divorce because it ruptures relationships intended to last; and God is concerned about the damage divorce does to vulnerable people.
Divorce Will Break Your Heart
This resource offers links to ten news articles that have illustrative potential for preachers. The topics include sacrifices made during the recession, the peeking effect of social media, and negative health impact of divorce.
The Not-Nice Noah Story, Gwyneth Paltrow's Divorce, and Beautiful Sermon Notes
Sermon illustrations from the news: The Not-Nice Story of Noah, Beautiful Sermon Notes, The Forgotten Yacht, Ignoring Red Flags, Lukewarm Christianity, "Diamond" Shreddies, and Gwyneth Paltrow's Divorce.
Readers' Theatre: Jesus Teaches about Divorce
This is a two-voice readers’ theatre setting of Mark 10:2-16, where Jesus teaches on divorce.
An Ethic of Love in Marriage and Divorce
Statistics reveal Christians are only 8 percent less likely to divorce than unchurched persons. This means the issue of divorce is significant enough that pastors should be teaching and preaching about its implications for Christian discipleship.
Peace and Justice in Worship
Divorcing worship from hospitality, peace, and justice drives a wedge between worshipers and God. A feature story on encompassing hospitality, peace, and justice in worship.
Pope Francis on Divorce, Remarriage, and the Eucharist
This article evaluates Pope Francis' interpretation of 1 Cor. 11:29 "discerning the body" (Amoris Laetitia §185-86) wherein an emphasis on the social meaning of body suggests the divorced and remarried ought to receive the Eucharist.
Divorce Often Brings Poverty
Discussing the financial hardship of divorce, this sermon illustration reveals statistics on how divorce leads some people into poverty. This illustration suits Malachi 2:15-16, Deuteronomy 24:1 and Matthew 19:3-19.
History of Hymns: “Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice”
This offers background and commentary on the Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. 1944) advent hymn, “Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice.”
Marriage and Divorce
Frances Wade's sermon on Mark 10:1-12 takes seriously Jesus' teaching that God intends for marriage to be permanent, and the realities of human life that sometimes lead to troubled marriages and to divorce.