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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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 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.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
Full Text Hymns on Faith
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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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.