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.
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!
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.
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....
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.
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.
This article explores how Jonathan Edwards insisted that believers should expect joy from their religion.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Full Text Hymns on Joy
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore TheePD
Joy! Joy! Joy!PD
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.