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.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
History of Hymns: “Holy Darkness”
This offers background and commentary on Dan Schutte's 1988 hymn, “Holy Darkness.”
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.
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....
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...
Hymn: God’s Love
This cantata for Holy Week and Easter is a a major work for SATB. There are instrumental and vocal parts included, with mp3 and pdf files for each anthem.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
Full Text Hymns on Holy Week
O Lord, Who Through This Holy WeekPD
O Love, How DeepPD
Jesus Walked This Lonesome ValleyPD
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Advent in the Marketplace
Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of...
History of Hymns: “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
This offers background and commentary the Christmas hymn, "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light,” by Johann Rist and translated by John Troutbeck.
History of Hymns: “Go to Dark Gethsemane”
This offers background and commentary on James Montgomery's Lenten hymn, "Go to Dark Gethsemane."
Elvin J. Parker III takes a look at Christ's office of Priest in this commentary on Hebrews 4:14-5:10 for Holy Thursday. He provides biblical exegesis, title suggestions, movements, and other sermon suggestions.
Holy Week Art From Japan (Ikebana, Flower Arrangements #2)
Art from Japan using Ikebana (生け花, “living flowers”), which is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, depicting various scenes from Holy Week.
Holy Week Art from India (Sr. Claire, set 1)
A collection of paintings from Claire SMMI of India for Holy Week.