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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
Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
A Call For Joy (Even in the Dark Spaces of Our World) Reflecting on the story of Mary, this article reminds us that we can choose joy even in the dark and broken spaces of our world. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Tara Beth Leach Practicing the Discipline of “Thin Slices of Joy” Karina Kreminski recommends, as a discipline, "paying attention to the beauty, truth and life that often quietly disrupt our daily lives." This practice can facilitate joy as a gift of the Holy Spirit. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come - Christmas Celebration This weekday chapel service plan uses Luke 2 to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas with an emphasis on joy. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship 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 Anticipated, Joy Remembered Joy is the prevailing theme of this commentary on Psalm 126. It reflects on all the good God has done and hopefully anticipates all that he will do. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: A Plain Account | Author: Alicia McClintic The Immanence of Joy: A Response to James K. A. Smith This is a response to the article of James K. A. Smith, who used the “state of joy” as a barometer for measuring the health of late modern, market-driven society. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Seth Richardson Full Text Hymns on Joy Joy UnspeakablePD
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“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 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 Will You Choose Joy? This short audio clip offers an illustration of a woman who learned that with faith pain and joy can live side by side. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The High Calling | Author: Howard E. Butt, Jr. Rejoicing and mourning online Can you imagine Jesus on Facebook or Twitter? In this article, Angela Gorrell encourages us to see social media spaces as places where people experience both joy and pain. How will we enter them? Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Angela Gorrell Joy in These Bones "I'm gonna rise up singing because joy is mine." This resource introduces the song "Joy in These Bones" by Sarah Hart. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Global Worship | Author: Sarah Hart Joy and Light in Orthodox Christmas This article explores the theology and practice of celebrating Christmas in the Orthodox Church. The Western reader may be delighted to discover a liturgy full of joy and light. Resource type: Article | Source: The Yale ISM Review | Author: Nicholas E. Denysenko
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