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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
Restore the Joy of Salvation On the twenty-seventh day of Lent, Jan Richardson ponders on the topic of joy in Psalm 51:1-12. She asks us to consider the ways in which we can invite God deeper into our spirits. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Painted Prayerbook Author: Jan Richardson
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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
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
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. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Dena Dyer
History of Hymns: “Author of Life Divine” This offers background and commentary on John Wesley's 1745 hymn, “Author of Life Divine.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Jackson W. Henry God's Call and Human Response This is a full worship planning resource on Exodus 3:1–15, Psalm 105, Romans 12:9–21 and Matthew 16:21–28. It includes liturgy planning, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Getting on the Right Side of God In this sermon on Mark 3:20-3, Alyce McKenzie states that life is filled with complexities and not easy to decipher. Thus now is the time to get on the side that will be victorious. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie Recovering Discarded Images - Study Guide This is an adult Sunday school lesson about women in the church. It shows that feminine images of God in the Bible deepens our understanding of God and encourages us to incorporate the images in our... Resource type: Practical How-To Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz History of Hymns: “Were You There” This offers background and commentary on the African-American Spiritual, “Were You There.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: David Bjorlin Full Text Hymns on Image of God Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns AbovePD
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What Good Fathers Know Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed point to the kingdom’s apparent hiddenness and ordinariness. The seed parables of Mark 4:26-34 also call us to attend to the kingdom’s own time and rate of growth. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie History of Hymns: “Holy Darkness” This offers background and commentary on Dan Schutte's 1988 hymn, “Holy Darkness.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Colleen Toole Bring It! A reflection on the incarnation about how Jesus becomes a teacher and savior who comes alongside us to challenge, comfort, and encourage us in the exercise of showing love and light to the world (John 1:1-18).... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie 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.
The Trinity, the Image of God, and How Women Have Been Left Out of the Picture In this interview, Deb Gregory explains the primary historical views of the image of God and how women have been left out of the picture. She encourages the church to use and grow in their gifts.... Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Steve Dancause History of Hymns: “To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord” This offers background and commentary on the Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) hymn, “To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Lindsay Smith Kwanzaa and the Image of God This sermon outline, with other resources, on Genesis 1:27 integrates humanity's creation in the image of God with Kwanzaa, which "commemorates African people in all their humanity." The Kwanzaa principle of Kuumba (Creativity) is emphasized. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas History of Hymns: “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” This offers background and commentary on Fanny Crosby's beloved hymn, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn
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