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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.
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
Family and Friends A responsive invocation with music suggestions for a Homecoming (Friends and Family Day) worship service that is focused on Proverbs 22:28. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Nolan Williams, Jr. Black history, Matthew, and my family In this sermon outline on Matthew 1:1-17, Krystal Frazier combines insights from Matthew's genealogy, inspiration from black history, the importance of "reckoning with our own complex familial histories," and the meaning of being in Christ's family. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Krystal D. Frazier Family as Ministry The family is a ministry that builds upon the gift of a God-centered covenant. In this article, Efrem Smith introduces the biblical concept of family as a ministry based on Genesis 12. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Efrem Smith A New Family Idolizing the nuclear family detracts from the gospel message that each of us is welcomed into a new family, the family of God. A short video interview with Rachel Held Evans. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Rachel Held Evans Family Enrichment/Kinship Sunday This resource is a commentary that uses Joshua 24:14-18 to give enrichment to a service focused on "family enrichment/kinship." This resource provides a biblical exegesis as well as worship planning notes. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Otis Moss, Jr. Full Text Hymns on Family The Family of God©
Would You Bless Our Homes and Families©
God Who Makes Us All One FamilyPD
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Family Matters Karoline Lewis' article on Mark 3:20-35 discusses how families can become divided. Exploring the obstacles that prevent reconciliation, Lewis explains that there are occasions in which "separation is the only way a house can remain standing." Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Karoline M. Lewis Family Enrichment Day This commentary is for a Family Enrichment day worship service which connects the themes in Ruth 1:1-17 of commitment and suffering to our experiences today. This resource includes a biblical commentary and preaching notes. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Rudy Rasmus Sanctifying the Family This article considers the sanctifying effect of Christ on the relationships within the Holy Family. We can all relate to them, despite our diverse contexts. Resource type: Article Source: Torch Author: Samuel Burke The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist This 16th century drawing by Michelangelo Buonarroti depicts the infant John the Baptist and two angels joining the Holy Family on an interlude in their flight into Egypt to escape Herod's massacre of Jewish male newborns. Resource type: Image Source: getty.edu Author: Michelangelo Buonarroti Family Sacrifices Cable TV to Support Church Bob Russell tells how a family of limited means gave sacrificially to support their church's building campaign, illustrating 2 Corinthians 8:2-7, Malachi 3:8-10, 2 Corinthians 9:6-14, and similar passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Bob Russell Join Our Family Choir: No experience needed, all ages welcome An resource detailing a new 'Family Choir' that offers new people an opportunity to take part in a congregation's music ministry. A description of the choir and the type of music selected included. Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Richard L. Van Oss
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