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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
The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin This 16th century painting by Simon Bening depicts the Virgin sitting on the ground with seven swords piercing her, each symbolizing one of the events related to Christ that brought her sorrow. Resource type: Image | Source: getty.edu | Author: Simon Bening 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.... Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Julie Yarbrough Hopeful Grief: Is 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts A Litany of Sorrow for Earth Day This interfaith litany of sorrow for Earth Day comes from the North American Conference for Religion and Ecology. It asks forgiveness for forgetting who we are and for the damage we’ve done to the earth. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Sorrow for Those Who Do Not Know Christ Many of us experience sorrow when dear friends or family members don’t know the love of God in Christ. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Face to Face with Grief A reflection by Julie Yarbrough about grief. Through the promises of scripture, we are assured that God is with us through our grief, which he uses to teach us more of God’s faithfulness and steadfast love. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Julie Yarbrough Greg Garrett: Grieving Newtown: Seven Lessons in Healthy Sorrow A reflection on healthy ways to understand and express grief and sorrow. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Greg Garrett Blessing for Falling into a New Layer of Grief In this meditation and blessing, Jan Richardson explains the slow unfolding of grief and offers the prayer that her heart will continue to open to God, even amidst pain and heartache. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The Painted Prayerbook | Author: Jan Richardson The Joy and the Sorrow In this Advent homily, Richard Ounsworth calls for an authentic Christian joyfulness that reaches out into the depths of sorrow. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Torch | Author: Richard J. Ounsworth O.P. Full Text Hymns on Grief O Christ, You Wept When Grief Was Raw©
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Grief to Hope Luke 24: 13-25 tells of some disciples headed to Emmaus as way to escape their grief. They share their disappointment with a stranger, who turns their grief to hope when he reveals himself to be Jesus.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Scott E. Hoezee Sorrow for Those Who Do Not Know Christ Reflecting on Romans 9:1-4, Mark Roberts sees Paul's sorrow for his fellow Jews who did not know Christ, as encouraging us to pray faithfully for loved ones and to show God's love to others. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts The Joy and Grief of Change This podcast and article discusses Ezra 3:10-13, which addresses the bittersweet nature of generational difference and change with both the joy and the grief of such challenges. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Enter the Bible | Author: Cameron Howard Seven Sorrows of Mary This resource introduces Protestants to the Seven Sorrows of Mary, with history, artwork, poetry, and music. Mary's life helps us enter into the biblical narrative from the Incarnation to the Passion of Christ. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Global Worship The Roller Coaster of Joy and Sorrow in Life Psalm 126 shows that Israel fluctuates between sorrow (exile and drought) and joy (all the good that God has done). This is seen in the life of Christ, as well as in our own lives. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Stanley Mast Reorienting Grief This article summarizes some key aspects of grief that ministry leaders need to keep in mind. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Carol Howard Merritt Coping with the Chaos of Grief ... they walk with parishioners through the chaos of grief, suggesting them a uniquely positioned to encourage the ... Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Greta Smith
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