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...
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.
Baptized and Beloved
A painted paper collage for projection in worship.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Becoming First Responders of Hope and Faith
In this devotional on Paul's reflection on his conversion (Galatians 1:22-24), Michael Gulker invites us to imitate the Christians who first responded to the changing situation with "vulnerable hospitality and gratefulness to God."
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
To depart and be with Christ
Commenting on Philippians 1:21-30, Christian Eberhart notes Paul's lack of fear of death (even a preference for it), due to his confidence that at the moment of death he would be united with Christ.
How the Tomb Becomes a Womb - Study Guide
Study guide for a lesson on how baptism is a precursor to dying and rising with Christ. Reflection questions and liturgical material included.
The Risen Christ
This reflection shows that the implications of that first Easter morning became the very foundation of our faith—forgiveness of sins and union with Christ.
Dying and rising
Reflecting on sin, Cornelius Plantinga Jr. writes that sin is stubborn and inexplicable. Spiritual health is about raising the dead. It's all about bringing someone or something back to life.
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears
Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts.
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart.
Full Text Hymns on Dying and Rising with Christ
Christ the Lord is risen todayPD
Jesus, Thy Blood and RighteousnessPD
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Dying and Rising with Christ
Romans helps us see what a difference Christ’s resurrection and ascension make in the lives of believers, and highlights the role the Holy Spirit plays in our daily striving to become more like Christ.
Baptism into Christ's Death and Resurrection
Reflecting on the imagery of new life found in 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Romans 6, Colossians 2 and 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Cornelius Plantinga explains the liberation of dying to sin and rising with Christ.
Easter Sunday/Festival of God’s Creation
This worship resource provides service and sermon planning notes for Easter focusing on Matthew's account of the resurrection and Paul's account of us dying and rising with Christ in Colossians.
Buried in baptism with our Lord
This hymn, from 1791, speaks of dying and rising with Christ in baptism.
Joyce Ann Zimmerman's article helps us understand that we not only encounter the resurrection in the liturgy of worship, but how we also live it daily. Dying and rising becomes th pulse of Christian living.
Ash Wednesday: Death and Repentance
In this Ash Wednesday article, Marcus Borg reflects on the reality of death and our need for repentance. Borg discusses how our Lenten journey with Christ requires us to "return" to God and open our minds.
Dying to Self
Discipleship means a lifelong growing into dying and rising. The challenge of this gospel is to serve others, lose one's life, and die. Joyce Ann Zimmerman offers ideas to jumpstart sermons on John 12:20-33.
Alleluia! Jesus is Risen! A Service of Witness to the Resurrection
The title for this service is the same as the title of the funeral service in the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship. On Easter Sunday, we bear witness to the dying and rising of Christ as...