Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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.
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.
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....
Struggling Out of the Valley of Shadows
A sermon on Genesis 12:1-5a and John 20:1-18. After helping a suicidal woman, a pastor realizes that it was his own journey in grief that had prepared him to offer her the path to redemption..
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.
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.
Grief, Persecution, and Complaint
This resource from the United Methodist Church provides worship planning notes and sermon starter ideas addressing topics such as lament, persecution, and complaints.
The Man of Sorrows
This marble relief sculpture is of Jesus typified as the "Man of Sorrows," who is described in Isaiah 53.
Full Text Hymns on Grief
O Christ, You Wept When Grief Was Raw©
When overwhelmed with griefPD
In My Hour of Grief Or NeedPD
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The Holiness of Place
This article uses the psalms and the poetry of Wendell Berry to demonstrate the holiness of ordinary space.
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 aimed at those suffering emotional distress, grief, divorce, and physical ailments.
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.
Facebook (Sort of) Apologizes, YO! and YO! to You, and "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows"
This list of sermon illustrations is a compilation of news articles on topics including the power of words, the importance of context, anti-social behaviors rooted in our hearts, and Christ's knowledge of all our sorrows.
Working on a Building
N.T. Wright offers reflections on his move back to the academy. how the institutions of the church offers helpful structure for community, integrating ministry and academia, institutional leadership, poverty, the Holy Spirit, and ecumenical work.
Man of Sorrows
This 1990 painting by James Janknegt depicts Jesus as the Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3).
Places Where Words Alone Cannot Take Us
An artist explains the role that the arts can play to help us engage advent more fully.
Making Mud Pies
A sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:1-7, 14-17 and Psalm 40. When faced with desperate situations -- like some people in Haiti -- God promises deliverance and renewal in the transformation of the new creation in Christ.