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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.
Reflection on God's Goodness A liturgy description, notes about contemporary context for the passage, and a commentary on Psalm 92:1-4 for a Thanksgiving worship service that's focused on reflecting on God's goodness. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: James C Perkins Absolute goodness C.S. Lewis' quote frames the question of God's existence by speaking of absolute goodness. If absolute goodness exists, people generally are reacting the wrong way. Resource type: Book Quote Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: C. S. Lewis Not about Me "One must abandon the project of being the center in terms of which meaning, and truth, and goodness are defined." Merold Westphal on the essence of prayer as a deep decentering of the self. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Merold Westphal Offertory Prayers and Invitation This is a series of five Offertory Prayers by Ken Sloane, based on Psalms 1, 19, 124, 125, and Song of Solomon 2:8-13. Included is an Invitation to the Offering and a digital image. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Ken Sloane Offertory Prayers and Invitation This is a series of four Offertory Prayers by Ken Sloane, based on Job 1:1, 2:1-10, 23:1-9, 16-17, 38:1-7, 42:1-6, and 10-17. Included is an Invitation to the Offering and a digital image. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Ken Sloane A Goodness Worth Pursuing A prayer that me might come to know God's goodness and find rest in it. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar Offertory Prayers and Invitation This is a series of four Offertory Prayers, based on 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 15:34-35, 16:1-13, and 17:32-49. Included is an Invitation to the Offering. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Ken Sloane Goodness in Abundance In Mark 8:1-10, Jesus offers the fullness of life and love, an abundance of goodness and grace, to all who follow him. His ways are the ways of life. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: ePriest “Goodness is Stronger Than Evil” Score of the song “Goodness is Stronger Than Evil,” with lyrics by Desmond Tutu (An African Prayerbook, 1995), and music by John Bell. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship Author: Desmond Tutu Goodness and Badness In "Mere Christianity," C. S. Lewis explains the Augustinian claim that goodness is original, but badness only spoiled goodness. "Wickedness, when you examine it, turns out to be the pursuit of goodness in the wrong way." Resource type: Book Quote Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: C. S. Lewis Full Text Hymns on Goodness O Thou, from Whom all goodness flowsPD
Goodness Is Stronger Than EvilPD
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Goodness In this video interview, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove uses a blueberry bush as a metaphor for demonstrating the time and work it takes to create the spiritual fruit of goodness. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Goodness Born of Sins of Omission, People are Happier for Attending Church, Television is a Super Peer, and Trendy Names Material here illustrate how goodness can lead to sins of omission, church attendance leads to happiness, notable quotables for thanksgiving, how television acts as a superpeer, and why choosing a trendy name might not be trendy.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Matt Woodley Offertory Prayers and Invitation This is a series of Offertory Prayers for congregational use, based on 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 8, Joel 2:28-32, John 14: 23-29, Acts 2:1-21 and Revelation 22:12-21. Included is an Invitation to the Offering. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Rosanna Anderson When Goodness Appeared This preacher's commentary on Titus 3:4-7 gives insight into the Roman cultural context of early Christians, as well as the significance of the virtues "goodness" and "loving kindness" embodied in Jesus. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Benjamin Fiore, S.J. Celebrating God's Goodness and Love Reflecting on Revelation 1:4-8, Psalm 122, Esther 8:1-17, Luke12:4-12, and Revelation 3:14-22, this resource encourages us to understand and celebrate God's love and goodness as they are revealed in Christ through the way of the cross.... Resource type: Devotional Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar Goodness Is Stronger than Evil A short and potent prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, set to music by John Bell of the Iona Community. The words speak of goodness overcoming evil in the world. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship Author: Desmond Tutu Putting Faith In Goodness This prayer is focused on light, truth, peace, and life not being overcome by evil in this world and as a result we praise God and commit to his call, putting our faith in God's goodness.... Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 2) C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 2 of 2 focuses on stanzas 2-6 of the beloved hymn. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn
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