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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
Longing for Cucumbers In her sermon on Numbers 11:4-15, Talitha Arnold reflects on the Israelites' longing for home in the wilderness to remind us of our true home in heaven. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Talitha Arnold The Longing for Home In this sermon illustration, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 is paired with an excerpt from Frederick Buechner's "The Longing for Home" to demonstrate that Christ's Kingdom exists within and among us. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Day1 Author: Frederick Buechner Hymn Study: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” Dean McIntyre offers background and commentary on the beloved Christmas carol by Charles Wesley (1707-1788): "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Dean McIntyre History of Hymns: “Early in the Morning” Cynthia Wilson introduces the hymn "Early in the Morning" by Johnetta Johnson Page, based on Psalm 63:1. It speaks of the importance of acknowledging God first as one's day begins. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Cynthia Wilson Longing for joy Mike Poteet reflects on the nature of, and longing for, joy - in the context of Christmas traditions. Joy is distinguished from happiness in that it transcends circumstances. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Ministry Matters Author: Mike Poteet Longing for God This devotional on Psalm 84 describes how our longing for God grows from a feeling into a mature, disciplined form of life. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Longing for Home: A Service of Lessons and Carols This service outline for Advent/Christmas points toward our longing for Christ and finding our home in him. The service uses lessons and carols format. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Reformed Worship Author: Daniel Sytsma Yearning for Christ This devotional on Mark 1:7-11 focuses on yearning for Christ--John the Baptist's yearning for Christ, our yearning for Christ, and our neighbour's yearning for Christ. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest Author: Jason Smith Longing for God A prayer reflection that focuses on longing for God. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Margaret D McGee A Cup of Longing A video featuring Becca Stevens, who meditates on Advent as a season of longing and even loneliness. Unrequited love, says Stevens, can be healthy, as Christian mystics affirm, because it draws us toward God. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Becca Stevens Full Text Hymns on Longing There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord©
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Psalms of Exile, Lament & Longing This highlights woodcut art created by Jyoti Sahi of India from the series, "Psalms of Exile, Lament and Longing." Each woodcut is paired with a related Bible verse and and a reflection from an Indian author. Resource type: Image Source: Global Worship Author: Jyoti Sahi History of Hymns: “Hear My Prayer, O God” This offers background and commentary on the Carl P. Daw (b. 1944) hymn, “Hear My Prayer, O God.” Using the hymn tune HYMN CHANT, the text is based on Psalm 143. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Thomas L. Baynham, Jr. Advent and the longing for home Serving as chaplain at a memory care facility, a retired UMC bishop learns that the longing for home is an innate hunger that lies at the heart of Advent. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Kenneth L. Carder Longing for the Glory Days Courtney Jacob talks about the early Church and how early Christians found encouragement to live for Jesus Christ. In Acts 2 and 2 Corinthians, take a look at how we can find encouragement in our community.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Groundwork Author: Courtney Jacob From Longing to Shalom In Advent/Christmas we are longing for more. We are longing for the fulfillment that occurs in the life of Christ. And as a result of this longing we push towards living a counter-cultural life to help... Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Joyce Borger The Longing and the Love "The Longing and the Love" is a prayer reflection for Father’s Day. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Brian Lundin Prayer at the Table: Lament and Longing This is a prayer of lament and longing at the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Jonny Baker History of Hymns: “O Freedom” and “Freedom Is Coming” Michael Hawn shares the history of two hymns: “Oh Freedom,” an African-American spiritual, and “Freedom Is Coming,” born from the apartheid struggle in South Africa, inviting readers to sing these songs in solidarity with the persecuted. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn
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