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.
Advent in the Marketplace
Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of...
History of Hymns: “Living for Jesus”
C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1915 gospel hymn by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm (1866-1960): “Living for Jesus.”
Hymn Study: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Dean McIntyre offers background and commentary on the beloved Christmas carol by Charles Wesley (1707-1788): "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus."
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
History of Hymns: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”
Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name," written by Edward Perronet and modified by others, most notably John Rippon. The hymn is commonly sung to tunes CORONATION, DIADEM and MILES’ LANE....
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.
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.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Full Text Hymns on Good Shepherd
Jesus, great Shepherd of the sheepPD
The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23)PD
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Hymn Study: “Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child”
Dean McIntyre offers background and commentary on the traditional African American Christmas carol: "“Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child.”
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.
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.
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Simplified)
This is a simplified arrangement for piano (also adaptable for organ) of Charles Wesley's beloved Christmas carol: "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus."
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....
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.
History of Hymns: “O Jesus, I Have Promised”
This offers background and commentary on one of the church's most enduring hymns of Christian discipleship, written by John Ernest Bode (1816-1874): "O Jesus, I Have Promised."