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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
Sadie, the Prayer Dog Commenting on Luke 13:1-9, Alyce McKenzie encourages us to heed the parable’s urgent call to repentance - and not miss out on joy! Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie
Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B) Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Reformed Church in America
A Blessing in the Ashes Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands.... 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
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
Expect Joy! This article explores how Jonathan Edwards insisted that believers should expect joy from their religion. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Douglas A. Sweeney “Joy!” Joy is the affirmation of the truest things of all: redemption, restoration, reconciliation." This resource combines song by an Indian, acoustic Jazz fusion band with a reflection on "joy" in the Christian context. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship Joy! David Lose reflects on Luke 15:1-10, the parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin, and what they teach us about God, joy, and how God uses ordinary people for extraordinary things like finding the lost. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: In the Meantime Author: David Lose Joy in the Midst of Everything Else A service outline by Carl Maultsby for the Third Sunday of Advent ("Gaudete Sunday"). Maultsby offers music suggestions and reflections to help remind congregations, especially African-American churches, of the joy promised to believers. Resource type: Service Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Carl Maultsby Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Debra Levey Larson
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Worship Author: St. John Chrysostom
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Losing Peace and Joy With themes on joy, peace, and sin, this illustration highlights that we can lose our joy and peace as an effect of sin. This is appropriate for John 15:22 and 2 Peter 2:20 Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Jill Briscoe Joy Comes in the Evening The story of Anna and Simeon greeting the infant Jesus illustrates joy that comes in the evening, after constant waiting and yearning, which vanquishes something and always finds a subject to shower itself upon. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: David Lewicki Joy Against a Backdrop of Fear This is a full worship planning resource for Advent, based on Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18, focusing on joy against the backdrop of fear. It includes liturgy notes, songs, prayers and more. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Joy Sunday This is a full worship planning resource Advent, based on Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18, focusing on joy. It includes liturgy planning notes, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Joy Sunday for Children Carolyn Brown provides resources for observing Joy Sunday in Advent with children. Includes song suggestions, comments on Psalm 146:5-10; Isaiah 35; Matthew 11:2-11; Luke 1:46; James 5:7-10, and practical worship suggestions. Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Worshiping With Children Author: Carolyn Brown Joy and Lament This sermon starter and commentary on Isaiah 35:1-10 offers worship planning resources for Advent from an African American perspective with themes of joy and lament. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery Joy in Finding This choral reading on Luke 15 with a sung refrain is adapted by Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence for four readers and one vocalist. It includes the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and the lost son. Resource type: Drama Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence Joy in November Reflecting on Luke 21:5-9, David Lose suggests singing "Joy to the World" in November, so that in the midst of very different challenges, we might also see an opportunity to testify by being joyful. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: In the Meantime Author: David Lose
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