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.
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.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday 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.
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.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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....
Restore the Joy of Salvation
On the twenty-seventh day of Lent, Jan Richardson ponders on the topic of joy in Psalm 51:1-12. She asks us to consider the ways in which we can invite God deeper into our spirits.
Full Text Hymns on Grace
I Know Not Why God's Wondrous GracePD
Grace Greater Than Our SinPD
God of Grace and God of GloryPD
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Grace is the Celebration of Life
Three quotes from Robert Capon's book on the Parable of the Prodigal Son explore how the father's grace in the story is an example of a celebration of life.
Grace Abounds the Morning After
The nature of grace is such that when we sin, God chooses to do something miraculous: he forgives us -- something which is at complete odds with his nature as a perfect divine Being.
Revival: Trust in God's Power and Mercy
God is all powerful and merciful! That is the focus of Ralph D. West's commentary on Isaiah 40:12-26. He provides his own context, a biblical exegesis, and descriptive details for the text.
Grace, Power, and Art
Norman Maclean's character in "A River Runs Through It and Other Stories" uses fly casting to illustrate how people prefer power to grace, but all good things . . . come by grace.
With wings like eagles
Commenting on Isaiah 40:27-31, Ralph West invites those who are weary or burned out to trust in the mercy and power of God, who will renew [Hebrew "exchange"] their strength and empower them.
‘Mercy on Me’ (Sarah Hart)
“Mercy on Me,” a song for reconciliation by Sarah Hart, has a Taizé feel and a message of forgiveness and healing.
Grace: Past, Present and Future
John Perkins discusses the importance of Christians showing God's grace to all people because we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. He focuses on Titus 2:11.