A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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.
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.
Choir Anniversary: Love for the Music of the Church
This sermon starter and commentary on Psalm 100 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for a service celebrating a choir anniversary service, emphasizing the shared love for the music of the church.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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....
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Full Text Hymns on Love
What Wondrous Love Is ThisPD
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Love Lifted MePD
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The Reciprocity of Love
In this video, James Finley understand God as infinite reality in creation—infinitely giving itself away as our life. He calls our material world the manifestation of in-manifested mystery of love. (Length: 05:55)
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.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
From Wiggles to Worship
In this article, Paul Ryan reflects on how children learn worship by participating in it. He encourages us to invite their participation, even when they are wiggly or disruptive, believing they are learning to love worship.
This sermon starter and commentary on Luke 1:46-51 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for celebrating the second Sunday of Advent, focusing on the theme of love.
Requirements of Conjugal Love
In this article, Paul Chutikom shares three requirements for conjugal love according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: unity and indissolubility of marriage, fidelity, and fertility.
Love Your Neighbor
Preaching notes by Scott Hoezee on Luke 10:25-37: Jesus' call for us to love our neighbor as ourselves extends to all people, particularly those cast aside and unable to help themselves.