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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Unimaginable Words 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
Reading Julian on Good Friday Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jason Lief
Advent Waiting 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.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship
Healing for Emotional Distress, Grief, and Ailments A collection of historical resources on the concept of healing, biblical notes, and music suggestions for a Service of Healing in the African American Lectionary aimed at those suffering emotional distress, grief, divorce, and physical ailments. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Bernice Johnson Reagon Why Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
A Service of Healing Worship planning notes and resources from Neichelle R. Guidry Jones for a service of healing for those suffering emotional distress, grief, divorce, and physical ailments. Resource type: Service Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Neichelle R. Guidry Jones Full Text Hymns on Grief O Christ, You Wept When Grief Was Raw©
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The Year of Magical Thinking This quote from "The Year of Magical Thinking" argues that while some generations face death frankly, others treat mourning as self-indulgence and give admiration to those who fully hide their grief. Resource type: Book Quote Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Joan Didion Healing for those Suffering Emotional Distress, Grief, Divorce, and Physical Ailments Practical worship planning notes, a call to worship, a centering prayer, a responsive litany, and music suggestions for a Service of Healing in the African American Lectionary aimed at healing those who suffer from emotional distress. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Nolan Williams, Jr. Man of Sorrows This 14th century painting by the Master of San Pietro in Sylvis depicts Christ as the Man of Sorrows. Resource type: Image Source: Vanderbilt University Library Author: Master of San Pietro in Sylvis A Service of Healing There many people who are suffering because of loss, loss of marriage, loss of job, loss of health, etc. Cynthia Rembert James has built this commentary on Jeremiah 17:14 around grief involving loss. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Cynthia Rembert James Grief Goes On "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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Garrison Keillor Healing for Emotional Distress, Grief, and Ailments A collection of historical and cultural background information on healing within the church as well as music suggestions and practical worship planning notes for a Service of Healing in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Christopher B Davis
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