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Nicodemus in the Shadows Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Peter Wallace
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
Hymn Study: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” Dean McIntyre offers background and commentary on the beloved Christmas carol by Charles Wesley (1707-1788): "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Dean McIntyre History of Hymns: “Living for Jesus” C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1915 gospel hymn by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm (1866-1960): “Living for Jesus.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn 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.
Hymn Study: “Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child” Dean McIntyre offers background and commentary on the traditional African American Christmas carol: "“Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Dean McIntyre 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
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
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
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
History of Hymns: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name," written by Edward Perronet and modified by others, most notably John Rippon. The hymn is commonly sung to tunes CORONATION, DIADEM and MILES’ LANE.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C Michael Hawn 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
Reading Julian on Good Friday Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jason Lief
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
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Simplified) This is a simplified arrangement for piano (also adaptable for organ) of Charles Wesley's beloved Christmas carol: "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Charles Wesley 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
History of Hymns: “O Jesus, I Have Promised” This offers background and commentary on one of the church's most enduring hymns of Christian discipleship, written by John Ernest Bode (1816-1874): "O Jesus, I Have Promised." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn 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
History of Hymns: “Jesu, Tawa Pano” This offers background and commentary on the African Christian song “Jesu, Tawa Pano” (“Jesus, We Are Here”). Written by Patrick Matsikenyiri (b. 1937), it is a gathering song often used during a choir-processional into the sanctuary. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn
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