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.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
History of Hymns: “God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian”
This offers background and commentary on Carl P. Daw Jr.'s hymn: "God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian." This 1989 hymn is a response to God’s call to a consecrated life.
History of Hymns: “We Are God’s People”
This offers background and commentary on the Bryan Jeffery Leech (1931-2015) hymn, “We Are God’s People.” Using the tune SYMPHONY, the hymn focuses the church as God's people, God's loved ones, the body, and the temple.
Friendship with the Holy Spirit - Study Guide
Adult Sunday School lesson / study guide for Pentecost, drawing on Romans 5 to discuss the help and gift of the Holy Spirit. Includes discussion questions and liturgical elements.
The Christian Way of Knowing - Study Guide
To trust in Christ requires faith, which is a different kind of knowledge than the world usually seeks. This study guide includes liturgical elements and discussion questions for a small group.
History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 1)
C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 1 of 2 focuses on the hymn as a whole and stanza 1.
The Meaning of Vocation
Vocation is distorted by two disastrous misunderstandings that fall short of the biblical idea: a secularized idea of “career” and a monastic concept of religious life. Vocation is about being called forth to a divine purpose.
Full Text Hymns on Gifts of the Spirit
Many Gifts, One Spirit©
Come, Holy Spirit, Our Souls InspirePD
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Affirmation of Faith: Gifts of the Spirit
This is an affirmation of faith statement on the theme of gifts of the spirit from Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony.
Gifts of the Spirit
The principle work and sign of the Holy Spirit is not ecstasy but faith. An audio commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 for Pentecost.
History of Hymns: “Spirit Sends Us"
This offers background and commentary on the Delores Dufner (b. 1939) hymn, “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve.”
Gifts of the Spirit
This sermon starter on 1 Corinthians 12:3-13 by Scott Hoezee highlights how the gifts of the Spirit are for the purpose of connecting people to Christ and to Christ’s body, the Church.
Friendship with the Holy Spirit
"The marvel of God making us friends is given practical counters through the gifts of the Spirit which are interpersonal dispositions that allow us to relate to God." An article on friendship with the Holy Spirit.
The Feast of the Spirit
On Pentecost, the disciples received amazing gifts of the Spirit, enabling them to proclaim and witness. Robert Barron reflects on the sign gifts (miracles, healing, speaking in tongues) in this podcast on Acts 2:1-11.