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.
Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
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.
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Reading Julian on Good Friday
Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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...
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
On Easter morning, the women came to the tomb expecting to anoint a dead Jesus. The disciples had forgotten his promises of resurrection. Sometimes, we too expect death, but are amazed to find life in Christ....
Hymn: Before An Open, Empty Tomb
Richard Garland has written this new Easter hymn text which is set to the familiar DUKE STREET tune.
Full Text Hymns on Easter
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Hymn: We Stand Before The Cross
This hymn by F. Richard Garland is written for use at the close of a Good Friday service to prepare for the Vigil that will culminate in Easter.
Sermon Brainwave 235
This podcast is a commentary on the Lectionary texts of the Seventh Sunday of Easter (John 17:6-19; Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13) exploring how the role of names is emphasized in Scripture.
Sermon Brainwave 290
This podcast is a commentary on the Lectionary readings of the Fourth Sunday of Easter (John 10:22-30; Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17) exploring how God's shepherd-like nature translates into provision and protection.
Hymn: Jesus Conquered Death And Darkness
This hymn for Easter is set to the tune REGENT SQUARE. It moves from the discovery of the empty tomb, recalls the ministry of Jesus and the power of God, culminating with the Great Commission.
Sermon Brainwave 233
This podcast on the Lectionary texts of the Fifth Sunday of Easter (John 15:1-8; Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21) examines what these texts explain about the concept of "abiding in Christ."
Hymn: When Thomas Heard the Easter News
This hymn is based on John 20:19-31. It traces the story of Thomas' movement from initial doubt to belief and affirmation of faith.
Sermon Brainwave 291
This podcast is a commentary on the Lectionary readings of the Fifth Sunday of Easter (John 13:31-35; Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6) exploring how the love commandment gives us an opportunity for a unique fellowship.
Hymn: You Made Us in Your Image
This hymn was composed in 2012 for Human Rights Day. It can be set to the tunes of AURELIA or WEST NOW EAST.