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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
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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery
Ash Wednesday A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Marvin A. McMickle
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
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. Resource type: Image Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Elizabeth Steele Halstead
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn 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
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
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." Resource type: Drama Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: David M. Bridges 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. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: David L. Odom Full Text Hymns on Hope Lord of All Hopefulness©
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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. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Terry Thomas Primer 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher Author: David J. Lose 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. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Adam Hamilton 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 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
Forever Where Our Hope Is Born Hymn about heaven as beginning and afterlife, "Forever Where Our Hope Is Born," by Terry York. Tune: HIGHLAND 8.6.8.6. by David Bolin. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Terry W. York 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. Resource type: Devotional Source: Working Preacher Author: David J. Lose 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
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