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.
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.
Gratitude For Experiences
Zach Ellis' article reflects on scientific research showing the benefits of gratitude for experiences over gratitude for material goods and commends pastors to preach on the importance of practicing gratitude which cultivates generosity (Luke 1:39-56).
Gratitude in Tough Times
Psalm 118 offers an example of how to give thanks in the midst of troubled times. This article unpacks Psalm 118 and shares stories of gratitude in the midst of trouble.
Gratitude Is More Than Saying Thanks
This sermon on in Luke 17:11-19 calls out the myth of entitlement and the arrogance of independence. It invites us to practice gratitude for every good gift comes from the good Giver.
Gratitude Among the Rarest of Virtues
Gregory Woodward's reflection on Jesus' healing of the ten lepers (Luke 17: 11-19) notes that only one of the ten returned to thank Jesus. We are reminded of how uncommon (and how important) gratitude is.
Gratitude and Communities Paying it Forward
Roberts Emmons reflects on gratitude in Christian communities and the Eucharist in light ... of research showing "practices of gratitude develop a "moral memory" in communities." Related Scriptures ...
Gratitude or Thankfulness
... the cooperation between science and theology in understanding gratitude, both in its role in human flourishing and ...
Gratitude For and With Our Gifts
A responsive litany of gratitude written by Kathy Jo Blaske that begins by offering thanks for the gifts God has given and ends with resolve to pass that generosity on to others in need.
Gratitude and Grace
Drawing from Luke 17:11-19, David Lose reflects on gratitude, how it is a choice and commitment that we make and a counter-cultural witness that makes room for a fresh appreciation of God’s renewing, saving grace.
Gratitude, the Best Medicine
This sermon illustration for 2 Samuel 9:1 considers the quotation: "Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic."
Gratitude, the Basic Virtue
... Matthew 23:1-12, Rolheiser suggests that proper gratitude is the ultimate virtue and that it defines ...
Full Text Hymns on Gratitude
A Song of GratitudePD
Come, Thou Fount of Every BlessingPD
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Gratitude Is For Lovers
Amie Gordon reflects on the theology of gratitude in light of research showing the "virtue of gratitude can become a sustaining force between romantic partners." Related Scripture includes Ephesians 5; John 13:12-20; Colossians 1:1-12; Psalm 30....
A Chorus of Gratitude
Gratitude is not a saccharine watering down of critical thinking, but gratitude reframes despair so that we might see the light on our path, writes Jes Kast.
Gratitude Grows as Salutary Habit
This quote reflects on activities that foster gratitude in a secular culture and explores the science that drives them.
Gratitude Reduces Impatience
Jessica Stillman reports on a study showing that gratitude helps to get rid of impatience. Suggested as an illustration for passages such as Psalm 34:1, Lamentations 3:26, Romans 8:24-25, and others.
Prayer, the Story of Naaman, Perseverance, and Gratitude
Carolyn Brown looks at Jeremiah 29, 2 Kings 5, Luke 17, and 2 Timothy 2. The ideas of prayer, God’s work through the weak, perseverance, and gratitude are highlighted for children.
The Importance of Gratitude
This podcast on Psalm 116 and Luke 17:11-19 considers the gospel story of the ten men with leprosy to discover the importance of gratitude and to help us grow in thankfulness.
A Spiritual Path to Gratitude
In this article, Chuck Queen discusses how Moses' encounter with God in Exodus 33:12-23 can inform and expand the capacity for gratitude in our Christian lives.
Gratitude and American Beauty
Roy Anker reflects on themes of gratitude in the movie "American Beauty". Our own selfishness can blind us to the beauty of the world around us, and cause us to miss just how much we really...