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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
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
The Man with the Withered Hand This late 19th century painting by James Tissot depicts Matthew 12:9-13, Mark 3:1-6, and Luke 6:6-11, where Jesus heals the man with the withered hand. Resource type: Image | Source: brooklynmuseum.org | Author: James Tissot 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 Full Text Hymns on Healing Heal Me, Hands of JesusPD
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Finding Healing for the Sickness and Death of Sin This article compares the sinful nature of humankind to an illness, exploring how being "truly human" requires us to be saved from the "sickness" of our sin. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Healing of the Blind Man This 14th century painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna depicts John 9:1-12, where Jesus heals the man born blind. Resource type: Image | Source: wga.hu | Author: Duccio di Buoninsegna 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Carl Frederick Buechner St. Peter Healing the Sick with his Shadow This 15th century painting by Masaccio depicts Acts 5:12-14, where Peter heals the sick with his shadow. Resource type: Image | Source: wga.hu | Author: Masaccio The Healing of the Madman This late-15th century painting by Vittore Carpaccio depicts the healing of the madman from Mark 5:1-17 and Luke 8:26-37. Resource type: Image | Source: wga.hu | Author: Vittore Carpaccio Trauma from Abuse: How the Church Can Care for Those Seeking Healing A large part of the church's mission is to care for people through the traumatic after-effects of abuse. This article suggests some spiritual practices for both church and survivors for their journey toward healing. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: MaryKate Morse Six Pieces of Weird Christian Baggage Still Worth Redeeming This article acknowledges that the church has weird practice. But Smith proposes not to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to things like healing and longings for large scale changes. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Mandy Smith
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