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The Power of Persistence, Part 2 Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, elucidating the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-deprecation that keeps us from trusting God to work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
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
Staying at Your Post Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on John 10:11-18 observes that in Israel's tradition, kings were expected to shepherd God’s people by caring for them with justice. As Jesus' followers, we are expected to shepherd those we encounter. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie Advent Confession Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Nathan Nettleton
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries
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
Hymn: O God, You Call for Justice This hymn was composed in 2012, and comes out of a day of lobbying in Congress (USA) in support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It is set to the tune, AURELIA. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette Full Text Hymns on Justice The Kingdom of God Is Justice and JoyPD
Let Justice Flow like Streams©
God of freedom, God of justicePD
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Peace and Justice in the Qur'an Robert Kruschwitz offers a study guide for comparing Islamic and Christian conceptions of peace and justice. The Qur'an has a high regard for peace, but not at the expense of justice. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Justice This article by David Lose gives suggestions for approaching conflict as pastor, especially around issues of justice. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: David J. Lose Hymn: Zacchaeus Was A Tax Man This hymn was composed in 2010, and relates to Luke 19:1-10 by celebrating Jesus’ love for everyone and the call to work for justice for all. It is set to the tune, ANGEL'S STORY. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette Giving Voice to Justice This article by Joy Engelsman introduces several songs for worship that focus on justice, mercy, and the horizontal relationship between God’s people, hoping to fill in the gaps found in many churches' singing repertoire. Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Reformed Worship Author: Joy Engelsman Justice, kindness, and humility Courtney Clayton Jenkins offers a sermon starter on Micah 6:6-8 for a Sunday designated to celebrate pastors. "We honor those who have humbled themselves and committed their lives to the work of 'doing justice.'” Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Courtney Clayton Jenkins Love or Justice? Justice flows from God's love, and God's love demands justice. One of the challenges of preaching Christ's forgiveness is to grasp how God deals with the problem of sin. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: David J. Lose
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