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.
Marathons as Grace or Heresy?
Does the desire to complete marathons have similar impulses as Pelagianism? Jason Byassee reflects upon his marathon experience. To run 26.2 miles is a massive achievement. But grace is always greater than our works.
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.
The Power of Persistence, Part 2
Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, elucidating the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-deprecation that keeps us from trusting God to work.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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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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.
Grace, and the Hopeful Honesty of Lent
Unbidden and unexpected, Lent comes full of grace and truth, giving us time and space to face ourselves honestly and with hope, says Tim Keel.
Justice and Mercy
This resource includes both sermon starter commentary and prayers for Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, and Luke 16:1-13. In addition, the resource includes a responsive greeting (1 Timothy 2:3-6) and a responsory on justice and mercy.
Take Grace with You
This musical score and audio recording is of Kenneth Morrison's choral piece titled "Take Grace with You" and is suitable for the sending forth of a congregation or commissioning and ordination services.
Why Grace Is Amazing
Grace is amazing because it defies common sense. As Lewis Smedes puts it, common sense keeps you in a rut; the grace of God promises you a good future. Appropriate for sermons on
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.