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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
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.
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10
Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God.
A Blessing in the Ashes
Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands....
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.
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....
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
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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Douglas Oldenburg offers a three-part theological explanation of the underpinning word of the Reformation: grace. He ends with a reminder of the depth, width, and breadth of God's grace for whomever he chooses, however he chooses.
Grace, Faith, and Becoming Holy
Salvation by grace. It's a call to sanctification, a call to holiness, a call to stop living for ourselves and live for God. Tune into this radio episode as it examines the scriptures on this topic....
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.
Grace is All You Need
This article uses a television comedy show with Paul McCartney and James Corden to illustrate humility, vocation, human connection, and grace.
Grace Is God's Favorite Word! Say It!
Arthur Landwehr's sermon notes on Hebrews 4:14-16 explore various aspects of God's grace, including prevenient grace, sanctifying grace, cheap grace, and costly grace. To disbelieve grace is to be "out of touch with reality."
Grace in the Sermon on the Mount
The sermon on the mount seems to be filled with stringent law and the challenge to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. This article asks, where is "grace" in the sermon on the mount?
Grace We Don't Always Like
In this sermon starter on Matthew 20:1-16, Scott Hoezee retells the parable of the workers in the vineyard and calls out how we dislike grace. Included is a suggested sermon illustration.
Grace’s Last Stand and Ultimate Victory
This reflection on Mark 6:14-29 applies the message of grace and conscience found throughout the gospels. No matter our position in life we are in debt to grace and our conscience will remind us.