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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
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
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
Five Signs of Prophetic Hope in the Church Today We often lament the decline of the Church in the West. Could God be quietly at work for its renewal and revival? In this article, Karina Kreminski shares five reasons to have hope. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski 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... Resource type: Article | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: Cameron Lee
How We “Flesh Out” God’s Kingdom This article highlights themes of suffering and hope by arguing that the Christian's response to evil is to act on all that Jesus secured for us on the cross by sharing hope and redemption with others. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Joni Eareckson Tada 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Debra Rienstra
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. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Valerie Bridgeman Full Text Hymns on Hope Lord of All Hopefulness©
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The Hope of the Pharisees Ty Grigg emphasizes the importance of pastoral purity and integrity as he reflects the Billy Graham rule for interactions with members of the opposite sex. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Ty Grigg Hope 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. ... Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries Hope for Healing the Earth Like many young adults, Kristi Holmberg is keenly aware of inheriting an earth damaged by previous generations. In this conversation, she explains how Christians can act as persevering hope as partners with God in earth healing. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Joan Huyser-Honig Hope An excerpt from a sermon on hope by Frederick Buechner. "Ministers and congregation both, they came to church year after year." What keeps them coming even when they see little transformation as the result? Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Day1 | Author: Carl Frederick Buechner Don’t Let Hate Mock the Song A rich meditation on the lyrics and history of Longfellow's poem "Christmas Bells." Having experienced great loss and trauma, Longfellow wrote about the hope of the coming kingdom, signified by church bells. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Hope, Refuge, Faith and Mercy This Bible Study by Dorian Del Priore on Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14, 1 Timothy 1:12-17 and Luke 15:1-10 discusses hope in God's restoration, God's refuge for oppressed persons, faith experiences and joy in receiving mercy. Resource type: Study Guide | Source: Sermons That Work | Author: Dorian Del Priore Your Shalom Come: Where Can Hope Be Found in Our Day? This article emphasizes that our hope can only be found in Jesus Christ in this broken world and reminds us that the transformation of the world begins in the heart, through prayer. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Al Tizon
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