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The Bad News is Part of the Good News In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding the Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history. Resource type: Article Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Author: Fleming Rutledge
Painful Path, Strong Faith This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
Ash Wednesday Worship Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Debra Rienstra
Ash Wednesday A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Marvin A. McMickle
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources 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.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
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
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
Exhaustion ethics As the speed of life increases, it limits our capacity to care. This article argues that we need to take the time to love as the parable of the Good Samaritan shows an example. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Lisa Hickman Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor Burton-Edwards
Love in Acts of Kindness A quote from Richard Foster appropriate for messages on 1 Corinthians 13:4: "Love is not communicated in the big event but in the small acts of kindness." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Richard J. Foster Conflict and Love Go Together A quote from Westy Egmont: "Conflict plus love equals growth." Appropriate for messages on 1 Peter 2:2, Ephesians 4:15 and other similar texts. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Westy Egmont Full Text Hymns on Love What Wondrous Love Is ThisPD
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Self-care as Christ-care Have you ever considered that self-care is also caring for Christ? In this article, Anna Adams suggests that you, as a member of Christ, can love his body by caring for yours. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Anna Adams 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
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
Advent Waiting Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship
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
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
Finding Common Ground in Portland This story of churches working with the city of Portland to meet the city’s needs illustrates how “loving and serving with no strings attached” can bring the message of Christ, effect transformation, and foster unity. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Jennifer Willis Sinners: Pearls in the Dust "God does not love us because we are by nature lovable. But we become lovable because he loves us." A sermon illustration about loving enemies by Helmut Thielicke. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Helmut Thielicke
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