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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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery
Election Day Communion Our hope rests not in one political party or another, but instead in "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Lori Wilson reports on a new phenomenon in 2012 – election night communion. Resource type: Article Source: Colossian Forum Blog Author: Lori Wilson Election Day This sermon starter and commentary on Matthew 22:15-22 and Mark 12:13-17 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for a Sunday preceding an election, addressing how Jesus positioned himself regarding politics in his day. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Frederick Douglass Haynes, III The Art of Grace This article explores how Michelangelo's art recovered an understanding of Christianity rooted in individual experience, how it connected to the divisive papal election of 1549, and the legacy of Michelangelo's contribution to the history of Christianity. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Thomas F Mayer The Election is Over: Long Live the King! The morning after an election can be a difficult time for Christians, no matter who is elected. James Smith reflects on partisan loyalties and invites us to re-center our our allegiance to Christ. Resource type: Article Source: Colossian Forum Blog Author: James K.A. Smith Election Day This article is full of resources for planning a service around the time of election. This article contains prayers, song suggestions, and more that can be used in the service. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Kimberly Knight Election In this podcast on Matthew 9:36–10:8, Romans 5:6-11, and Exodus 19:2-6, Robert Barron preaches on divine election. Election is not on the basis of merit, and is always for service and never for glory. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Word on Fire Author: Robert Barron Election Stress Disorder and the Mind of Christ "We make our elections and our elections make us." This reflections pushes us beyond this polarity, calling out our best instead as we allow the mind of Christ to be ours. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Brian Keepers Reject Political Idolatry This Election Season A group of pastors is asking churches to celebrate communion on Election Day to send the message that the church is a radical alternative to the power structures of our world. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Ben Irwin What Is Really At Stake for Catholic Voters in this Election Originally published before the 2016 US presidential election, this essay sees David Meconi reflect on the Catholic commitment to being "pro-life" and offer his assessment of the political implications of that commitment. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: David Vincent Meconi Post-Election Day Devotion Jessica Miller Kelley offers a perspective and a prayer for use after an election (this post was written in 2012). Resource type: Devotional Source: Ministry Matters Author: Jessica Miller Kelley Three Jesus-Inspired Ways to Respond to the Election In response to a political election, this article offers four ways to counteract injustice by following Jesus' example: Lamenting, using our position to challenge the system, giving away power, and obeying God's commands. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Ruthie Johnson Full Text Hymns on Election Saint of God, Elect and PreciousPD
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Prayers & Benediction for Election Season These are responsive reading litanies and a benediction of blessing written during the 2016 American election. However, both are general enough that they can be used in any country preparing for an election in any year. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Global Worship Author: Fran Pratt Prayer of Intercession: Election This is a prayer of intercession for the nations. Although it is inspired by the coming of the 2012 election in the United States, the issues it addresses go beyond borders. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Disciples in an Election Season This article by Ben Gosden encourages Christian leaders to "embody the love of Christ" during elections by refusing to spread "divisive language," avoiding partisan politics, practicing "holy conversation," and praying for unity after the election. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Ben Gosden Midterm Elections: Let Us Pray Rich Villodas offers a prayer in the context of the 2018 U. S. midterm elections; it would be valuable for any election or other political event Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Missio Alliance Author: Rich Villodas Sainthood, Election, and Lordship In his commentary on the rich text of Ephesians 1:11-23, Mark Tranvik highlights three themes—sainthood, election, and lordship—and what may be a proper way to discuss and preach on these themes. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Mark Tranvik Prayer for Election Time This prayer, written the people at Box Hill Baptist Church in Victoria, Australia, is meant for use at the time of an election, asking God's guidance and protection. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Christine Longhurst Post-Election Prayers Here are two prayers written after the 2016 American election. They can easily be tweaked to be helpful after any contentious election in any country. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Global Worship Author: Aundi Kolber The Wall of Separation This article explores the history of the bitter presidential election of 1800 in which the orthodox faith community was pitted against the unorthodox, demonstrating that religion has always been a large influence in politics and leadership. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Daniel L Dreisbach
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