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Unimaginable Words Service Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/unimaginable-words-matthew-26 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

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The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday Image by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/arts-and-faith-for-lent/cycle-a/arts-and-faith-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

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Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation Sermon Starter/Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/lent-planning-guide 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

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Painful Path, Strong Faith Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Painful-Path-Alyce-McKenzie-02-18-2013 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 discomfort. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie

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Nicodemus in the Shadows Sermon (Complete) by Peter Wallace http://day1.org/2957-nicodemus_in_the_shadows_a_good_friday_meditation 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

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Advent Waiting Song/Hymn http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/135651017705/advent-waiting-prayers-song 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

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Advent Hope: Staying Afloat Article https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/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

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Advent Confession Element of Worship by Nathan Nettleton https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/advent-confession.html 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

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I Gave Up Gossip for Lent Article by Dena Dyer https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/i-gave-gossip-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

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Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent Article by Debra Levey Larson https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1990/dirt-foot-cross-using-common-materials-communicate-themes-lent During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Debra Levey Larson

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Sermon Quotes on Healing Sermon Illustration by Mother Teresa https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-quotes-on-healing/ Sometimes it is difficult to believe that healing will be possible. These quotes demonstrate a wide range of perspectives on the relationship between God's presence and healing. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The Pastor's Workshop Author: Mother Teresa

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Full Text Hymns on Healing For the Healing of the NationsPD
Heal Me, Hands of JesusPD
There's a Wideness in God's MercyPD
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Healing and Restoration Sermon Starter/Outline by Scott Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-8b/?type=the_lectionary_gospel This sermon starter, with an illustration idea, on Mark 5:21-43 by Scott Hoezee focuses on the story of the bleeding woman and explores how Jesus' healing restored her to the community. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Scott Hoezee

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Heal Element of Worship by Taylor Burton-Edwards https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/03-heal 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.... Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor Burton-Edwards

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Healing Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner http://day1.org/8235-weekly_sermon_illustration_healing 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Day1 Author: Frederick Buechner

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Healing Sermon Starter/Outline by O. Wesley Allen Jr. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2592 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: O. Wesley Allen Jr.

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Healing Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner http://day1.org/6765-weekly_sermon_illustration_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: Frederick Buechner

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Healing in Worship: Hospitality that welcomes everyone as they are Article by Joan Huyser-Honig http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Joan Huyser-Honig

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Healing for Emotional Distress, Grief, and Ailments Song/Hymn by Christopher B Davis http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=164 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

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Healing Services Part 2 of 2 Practical How-To by Susan Hedahl http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2500 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

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