Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
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....
Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
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.
Cross of Wood
A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
History of Hymns: “Hope of the World”
This offers background and commentary on the hymn by Georgia Harkness (1891-1974), "Hope of the World," which communicates the essential theme of the social gospel: Christ cares for human beings and walks beside them in life.
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...
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.
Worship Service - Suffering and Hope
David Bridges offers a worship service about suffering and hope, based on the book of Job; the congregation is in the position of Job and readers give the speeches of his "friends."
I have hope
How do we respond with hope in the midst of challenges? David Odom talks about the hope in Lamentations which is based on God's steadfast love.
Full Text Hymns on Hope
Lord of All Hopefulness©
My Hope Is BuiltPD
Hope of the WorldPD
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Aging with Hope and Wonder
Terry Thomas Primer's article about aging uses the story of Abraham and Sarah having their son Isaac at an advanced age to reflect on the hope and purpose God can inspire in later stages of life.
Hope in the Meantime
In Romans 5:1-5 we see not only the seeds of Trinitarian theology, but of a kind of daily hope that sees God all around us, involved in each moment present to every suffering.
Unafraid: Living with Courage in Uncertain Times
In this interview, Adam Hamilton addresses the widespread symptom of fear and anxiety, offering four techniques for increasing courage and hope in our lives: face fears, examine assumptions, attack with action, and release to God.
Hope in Action
We struggle for justice. Reflecting on Jeremiah 32:1-3 and 6-15, Valerie Bridgeman encourages Christians to show signs of our hope by building or planning to build organizations, relationships, and communities.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra.
Forever Where Our Hope Is Born
Hymn about heaven as beginning and afterlife, "Forever Where Our Hope Is Born," by Terry York. Tune: HIGHLAND 184.108.40.206. by David Bolin.
Hoping for More
This devotional reading is for preparing a sermon on Advent where the goal is to help people re-orient their lives toward the hope we have in Christ.
This is a full worship planning resource on Jeremiah 31:27-34, Psalm 19, 119:97-104 , 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and Luke 18:1-8, focusing on hope. It includes liturgy notes, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more. ...