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Advent Confession Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Nathan Nettleton
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor Burton-Edwards
Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B) Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Reformed Church in America
Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10 Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Jerome Creach
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
The Call is Urgent A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson
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
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
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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
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. Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Louis E. Lotz
Forgiveness Beats Revenge These statistics show how Americans feel about forgiveness and revenge. An illustration for Proverbs 20:22, which says, "Do not say, 'I’ll pay you back for this wrong!' Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Unknown Full Text Hymns on Forgiveness Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive©
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Forgiveness, Joy, and The Lamb Forgiveness is a major theme when you look at the texts that involve Paul and Peter on this Sunday, but in addition to those texts we have a Psalm about great joy, and Revelation’s look at... Resource type: Article Source: Worshiping With Children Author: Carolyn Brown Forgiveness This commentary on Matthew 18:21-35 considers forgiveness, noting specifically that forgiveness in this parable is 1) extravagant and precious, and 2) reciprocal and reliant. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Karl Jacobson Forgiveness Is God's Purpose Study guide on forgiveness. It includes a reflection on Luke 4:14-30, discussion questions, and a departing hymn as well as a leader's guide. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Voices on Forgiveness "Forgiveness is a journey… we have no control over the end… yet the journey must begin.” Excerpts from many disciplines reflect on the process of forgiveness. Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Forgiveness & Gratitude In this sermon starter for Luke 7:36-50, David Lose explores the far reaching ramifications of forgiveness in the story of the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher Author: David J. Lose Forgiveness: Taking the Word to Heart In the article, J. Randall O'Brien explores the question, What is forgiveness? Why is it important (and difficult) for Christians to practice it? Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: J. Randall O'Brien Forgiveness and Freedom Reflecting on Matthew 18:21-35, David Lose writes that Jesus wants Peter and us to stop counting altogether simply because forgiveness, like love, is inherently and intimately relational rather than legal and therefore cannot be counted. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: In the Meantime Author: David J. Lose Forgiveness from the Heart In Matthew 18:21-35, God is the king, and we are all the servants who owe the king a huge amount. God's forgiveness to us must lead us to have the same mercy with others. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest
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