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Painful Path, Strong Faith This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
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
Ash Wednesday A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Marvin A. McMickle
Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey' Part 2 of 2 In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson uses a personal irritation for the metaphor “Lent is a journey" to reflect on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful season. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Rolf Jacobson
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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
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... Resource type: Image Source: Loyola Press Author: Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
Cross of Wood A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf. Resource type: Image Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Elizabeth Steele Halstead
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. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jason Lief
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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Debra Rienstra
Nicodemus in the Shadows Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Peter Wallace
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries
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Hymn: Source of Faith (A Hymn on the Wesleyan Quadrilateral) F. Richard Garland has composed this hymn based on the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, with each stanza relating to one of the Quadrilateral's principles: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience. It is set to the BEECHER tune. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: F. Richard Garland Choppy Seas, Calm Spirits In Mark 4: 35-41, Jesus proves his power over the chaos of the sea. His calm in the storm reveals the disciples still possess a dry land, fair weather faith. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie Advent Waiting Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship
Unimaginable Words This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: F. Richard Garland As You Grow, Grow Confident in Faith An excerpt from “The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson”, Stanley Hauerwas writes this letter wishing his godson not an untroubled life, but a life in which he grows ever more confident in the faith.... Resource type: Book Quote Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Stanley Hauerwas Faith by Itself is Dead This music video introduces themes of faith and works as the text of James 2:14-26 is displayed against scenes of desolation and poverty. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: The Work of the People Hymn: Why Put Our Faith in Transient Things This hymn was composed in 2011, and ponders the profound question of what we should ultimately believe as people of faith. It is set to the traditional Scottish tune, CANDLER. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Andrew Pratt
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