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Season of Lent Commentary/Exegesis by Luke A. Powery http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=72 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

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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources Sermon Illustration by William H. Wiggins, Jr. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=8 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.

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The Call is Urgent Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Olson https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=867 A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson

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A theory of jerks Article by Eric Schwitzgebel http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/if-youre-surrounded-by-idiots-guess-whos-the-jerk/ Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel

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Sadie, the Prayer Dog Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Sadie-Prayer-Dog-Alyce-McKenzie-02-25-2013 As a Lenten text, Luke 13:1-9, encourages us to heed Jesus' urgent call to repentance and not miss out on joy we are missing. Lent is a good time to repent and head toward God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie

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Advent in the Marketplace Article by Cameron Lee https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/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

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The Power of Persistence, Part 2 Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Power-Persistence-Alyce-McKenzie-10-22-2013 This commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, focusing on the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-loathing that keeps us from trusting God to work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie

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Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey' Part 2 of 2 Article by Rolf Jacobson http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3026 In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson uses a personal irritation for the metaphor “Lent is a journey" to reflect on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful season. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Rolf Jacobson

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Nicodemus in the Shadows Sermon (Complete) by Peter Wallace http://day1.org/2957-nicodemus_in_the_shadows_a_good_friday_meditation 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

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Advent Confession Element of Worship by Nathan Nettleton https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/advent-confession.html 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

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Why Ash Wednesday? Article by Laura Smit http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/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

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A Blessing in the Ashes Commentary/Exegesis by Jan Richardson http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/02/08/ash-wednesday-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

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Full Text Hymns on Longing There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord©
My Spirit Longs for TheePD
How Long, O God©
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Reading Julian on Good Friday Article by Jason Lief https://blog.perspectivesjournal.org/2016/03/25/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

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Advent Hope: Staying Afloat Article https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/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

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Easter Fears Sermon Starter/Outline by Peter W. Marty https://perspectivesjournal.org/blog/2005/04/16/easter-fears/ Reflecting on the Gospel resurrection accounts, Peter Marty maintains that freedom from fear is the most powerful effect of Easter. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Peter W. Marty

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Cross of Wood Image by Elizabeth Steele Halstead http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/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

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Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears Article by Louis E. Lotz https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1991/resurrection-apprehension-lots-ideas-calm-those-easter-sermon-fears Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts. Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Louis E. Lotz

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Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom Element of Worship by St. John Chrysostom https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1999/paschal-sermon-st-john-chrysostom-4th-century-sermon-still-preached-every-east 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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Longest Night Article by Ben Gosden https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3053/longest-night This article by Ben Gosden provides advice on planning a Service of the Longest Night around the winter solstice as a means of providing pastoral care and hope for persons experiencing despair during the Christmas season.... Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Ben Gosden

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Longest Night Service Outline by Holley Potts https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/4322/longest-night Affirming God's presence in darkness and despair, Holley Potts' Longest Night service outline on Isaiah 9:2 leads people into meditation, prayer, and candle lighting as they await the growing light that follows the winter solstice. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Ministry Matters Author: Holley Potts

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