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.
Painful Path, Strong Faith
This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty.
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.
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when...
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
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....
Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness.
Hymn: When Weary Times Confront The Soul
This hymn is about health and healing for those who serve. It is based on as sermon preached on Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39.
John Swinton on the importance of the church to create a safe space for Christians to develop Christ-like friendship with people with mental health problems to offer them true healing.
Full Text Hymns on Healing
We Cannot Measure How You Heal©
For the Healing of the NationsPD
Heal Me, Hands of JesusPD
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The Healing Business
Are we closing or opening the doors of the kingdom? Are we in the healing business or the wounding business? A short video reflection by Rachel Held Evans.
Healing Services Part 2 of 2
This practical how-to responding to James 5:14-16 and 1 Peter 5:10 offers worship planning ideas for a healing service that takes seriously the command for church bodies to pray for one another.
Hymn: Hush! Then Heed The Silences
This hymn on health and healing for those who serve is set to the tune THE CALL.
Healing and Worship
Planning notes, a litany, and song suggestions for a Day of Healing worship service.
Healing for Those Suffering Emotional Distress, Grief, Divorce, and Physical Ailments
Liturgical elements, planning notes, and music suggestions for a worship service focused on healing for those who suffer from emotional distress and physical ailments.
Healing of the Cripple and Raising of Tabitha
This 15th century painting by Masolino da Panicale depicts the healing of the cripple in Jerusalem (Acts 3:1-10) and the raising of Tabitha in Joppa (Acts 9: 36-43).
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.
Hymn: Sometimes We Feel Such Utter Loss (Red Bank)
This hymn was composed in 2005 in the aftermath of hurricane destruction. It uses Jesus' response in loving and healing the man with leprosy as a model. It is set to the tune, RED BANK.