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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
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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
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
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. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Dena Dyer
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... Resource type: Image Source: Loyola Press Author: Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Peter Wallace
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling
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
Advent Confession 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Nathan Nettleton
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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: F. Richard Garland Healing Presence 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. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: John Swinton Full Text Hymns on Healing We Cannot Measure How You Heal©
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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. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: 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. Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Working Preacher Author: Susan Hedahl Hymn: Hush! Then Heed The Silences This hymn on health and healing for those who serve is set to the tune THE CALL. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: F. Richard Garland Healing and Worship Planning notes, a litany, and song suggestions for a Day of Healing worship service. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Cheryl Wilson-Bridges 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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Charles B Cotton, Jr. 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). Resource type: Image Source: wga.hu Author: Masolino da Panicale 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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Christopher B Davis 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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Andrew Pratt
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