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.
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...
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.
Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
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.
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 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.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
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.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
This is a full service outline for communion based on the theme of healing. It was originally prepared for a denominational conference in 2012. It features readings of Mark 3:7-12 and litanies for communion and sending....
Full Text Hymns on Healing
For the Healing of the NationsPD
Heal Me, Hands of JesusPD
We Cannot Measure How You Heal©
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This sermon illustration pairs Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 with a Frederick Buechner reading that explores Christ's healing ministry and suggests ways that we might participate in it.
This commentary on Acts 3:1-10 suggests that hidden in the details of the healing story is an ecclesiological message: to be included in the worshiping community is to experience a form of healing.
Frederick Buechner's thoughts on healing for the Lectionary reading of Mark 6:30-34 and 53-56. He rebukes doubters of miraculous healing and challenges them to try praying for one.
Healing in Worship: Hospitality that welcomes everyone as they are
This is an article that uses real life examples to show how churches can be a place of healing.
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.
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.
Healing Services and Prayers
This resource provides general services of healing and services for special needs such as pregnancy loss, divorce or illness. The introduction describes spiritual healing as God’s work of offering wholeness of body, mind, spirit and relationships.
Healing or Teaching?
Mark 1:21-28 has a dramatic healing of a demoniac. Yet the crowd responds by discussing a "new teaching"? What is this teaching? There's no mention of Jesus teaching people there, so what's happening?