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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
History of Hymns: “Author of Life Divine”
This offers background and commentary on John Wesley's 1745 hymn, “Author of Life Divine.”
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.
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.
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...
History of Hymns: “Were You There”
This offers background and commentary on the African-American Spiritual, “Were You There.”
Full Text Hymns on Image of God
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In the Image of God©
Made in God's likeness, moved by the Spirit©
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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.
History of Hymns: “Holy Darkness”
This offers background and commentary on Dan Schutte's 1988 hymn, “Holy Darkness.”
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)....
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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....
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.”
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.
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.”