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A Blessing in the Ashes Commentary/Exegesis by Jan Richardson http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/02/08/ash-wednesday-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.... Author: Jan Richardson Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Painted Prayerbook

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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources Sermon Illustration by William H. Wiggins, Jr. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=8 This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary

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Unimaginable Words Service Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/unimaginable-words-matthew-26 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. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

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Death, Grief, and Eternity Commentary/Exegesis by Louise Samuelson https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/bible-study/bible-study-all-saints-day-b-2015 Louise Samuelson's All Saints’ study considers Psalm 24; John 11:32-44; Revelation 21:1-6; Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9. She includes questions on comfort in death, movement in relationship with God, suffering and eternity, and grief. Spanish translation included. Author: Louise Samuelson Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work

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Grief to Hope Sermon Starter/Outline by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/easter-3a/?type=the_lectionary_gospel "Preaching notes by Scott Hoezee on Luke 24:13-25: Disciples traveling to Emmaus were escaping their grief. They share their disappointment with a stranger, who turns their grief to hope when he reveals himself to be Jesus." Author: Scott E. Hoezee Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching

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A Lifetime of Grief Sermon (Complete) by Barbara Beam https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/easter-day-5 Barbara Beam preaches on Mary's grief from John 20:1-18 and Matthew 28:1-10 for Easter Sunday. She invites us to put down our grief at the feet of Jesus who calls us by name. Author: Barbara Beam Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Sermons That Work

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Grief is Ministry Article by Julie Yarbrough https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/2805/grief-is-ministry A post by Julie Yarbrough that outlines theology and practices for grief ministry in the church. Grief ministry is the love of Christ in action, and Yarbrough explores how to apply that love to all people.... Author: Julie Yarbrough Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters

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A Complicated Grief: Persevering in faith in the midst of suffering Article by Kerry Weber https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2014/09/10/complicated-grief-persevering-faith-midst-suffering In response to the death of her niece shortly after birth, Kerry Weber reflects on grief and suffering, including suffering with someone else and finding joy and hope in the midst of suffering. Author: Kerry Weber Resource type: Article Source: America Magazine

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Hopeful Grief: Is It Possible? Sermon Starter/Outline by Mark D. Roberts https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/hopeful-grief-it-possible Grief over a loved one's death should be shaped by the resurrection of Jesus. Christian hope is not wishful thinking. In Scripture hope is confident expectation: as God raised Jesus he will raise us. Author: Mark D. Roberts Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The High Calling

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C.S. Lewis helped me understand my grief—and reminded me why I write Devotional by Jessica Mesman https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2019/04/24/cs-lewis-helped-me-understand-my-grief-and-reminded-me-why-i-write Jessica writes about various writers, including C.S. Lewis, who helped her to understand her grief and reminded her why she writes as she struggled with her career as a spiritual writer. Author: Jessica Mesman Resource type: Devotional Source: America Magazine

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The Unseen Burden of a Veteran's Grief Article by Elizabeth Heaney https://onbeing.org/blog/elizabeth-heaney-the-unseen-burden-of-a-veterans-grief/ Beneath the backyard cookouts and parades lingers a quiet and often unnoticed grief. A military counselor, Elizabeth Heaney, reflects on Memorial Day: bearing witness to veterans’ stories with the challenge to share in their suffering. Author: Elizabeth Heaney Resource type: Article Source: On Being

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Keeping the Rhythm Article by Maurice Manning https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/keeping-rhythm Writing about his journey of faith as life lived to the beat of a hymn, Maurice Manning recalls how Luther's "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" carried him through a season of grief into joy. Author: Maurice Manning Resource type: Article Source: Commonweal

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Full Text Hymns on Grief O Christ, You Wept When Grief Was Raw©
When overwhelmed with griefPD
He Knoweth Thy GriefPD
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Grief Goes On Sermon Illustration by Garrison Keillor http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2000/january/12201.html "Grief always goes on longer than your friends expect it to and is stronger than they can appreciate." A quotation by Garrison Keillor, illustrating Psalm 10:14. Author: Garrison Keillor Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today

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The Gift of Grief Sermon (Complete) by Sarah Winsett Wiles http://day1.org/1199-the_gift_of_grief Identifying Rachel's grief for her children with the suffering that people experience through this world's brokenness, this sermon by Sarah Winsett Wiles on Matthew 2:13-18 describes the gospel of hope that God gives us through Jesus. Author: Sarah Winsett Wiles Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1

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The Grief of God Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-20c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Doug Bratt highlights the grief of God in Jeremiah 8.18-9.1 by pointing out that God heightens God’s grief over God’s people’s rebellion by letting Satan and his goons do their very worst to God’s Son, Jesus. Author: Doug Bratt Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching

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Dying into Life Article by Christian Wiman https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/dying-life In this article, Christian Wiman reflects on the passing of his aunt and his grandmother and discusses death, grief, faith and life. Author: Christian Wiman Resource type: Article Source: Commonweal

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Litany from the Grief of the Nations Element of Worship by Anita Phillips https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/litany-from-the-grief-of-the-nations Created in response to the 9/11/2001 disaster, this litany with response combines Psalms with words of Native American leaders to express grief in an attempt to find comfort shared across races, cultures, and time. Author: Anita Phillips Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries

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Helping Elementary Children with Grief with "Pablo Remembers" Children's Sermon http://storypath.upsem.edu/helping-elementary-children-with-grief-pablo-remembers/ Taking inspiration from the children's picture book "Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead" by George Ancona, this children's sermon starter describes how to construct meaningful Christian funeral rituals for children experiencing grief. Resource type: Children's Sermon Source: Storypath

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Finding God in All the Wrong Places: In the Midst of Grief Sermon Starter/Outline by Susan Pendleton Jones https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/finding-god-all-wrong-places-midst-grief Susan Pendleton Jones' sermon starter on John 11:33-35 reflects on the experience of Jesus' friends Mary and Martha as they deal with their grief over Lazarus' death. Author: Susan Pendleton Jones Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The High Calling

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Litany of Grief and Hope in a Time of Wildfire Element of Worship by Linda Grund-Clampit https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/litany-of-grief-and-hope-in-a-time-of-wildfire Linda Grund-Clampit offers "A Litany of Grief and Hope in a Time of Wildfire," based on Psalm 23, for any community affected by wildfires. Author: Linda Grund-Clampit Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries

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