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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
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
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
A Surprising Beatitude - Dashing the Little Ones upon the Rock This Catholic article applies Psalm 137:9 to the Church’s sex-abuse scandal, suggesting that we must dash the full range of our passions against the grace of the life-giving Rock. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Kevin M. Clarke Grace in Icy Waters This pastoral commentary on Psalm 51 tends to sensitivities of conviction, shame, freedom, and guilt in the Psalm and the potential congregation. An "immersion in the icy waters of reality" and the depths of God's grace.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: A Plain Account | Author: Jesse Middendorf Grace and Justice The Scriptures challenge us to redefine our idea of evil, stressing anything that would persecute another, oppress another, or deny grace to another. Resources for Psalms 22, 42, 43; Isaiah 65:1-9; Luke 8:26-39; and Galatians 3:23-29. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar The blame game--or grace Jesus says repent from the blame game. See God's grace. Don't be distracted. Repent. Give the tree another chance. Show mercy. Grow things. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Sermons That Work | Author: Kirk Alan Kubicek Grace This short video features the them of God's grace, with an inspiring soundtrack and images of worshippers. "The incredible grace of God is a gift we don’t deserve....In it we find forgiveness, mercy, redemption and love." Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The Skit Guys | Author: Freebridge Media ‘Grace Alone’ The Modern Post believes the gospel of Jesus should be the headline. Leader Dustin Kensrue crafts lyrics challenging believers and non-believers to grapple with a God who owes them his justice, yet gives them his grace. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship | Author: The Modern Post Full Text Hymns on Mercy God of Mercy, God of GracePD
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God’s Grace Amidst Depravity This commentary on Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 considers some misinterpretations of the text, followed by the suggested preaching theme of human frailty and God’s grace amidst that depravity. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Juliana Claassens Flesh, Glory, Grace A Christmas devotional based on John 1:1-18. The Incarnation reminds us of the closeness of God, his glory of love, and his grace for us in Christ. Resource type: Devotional | Source: ePriest Grace and Peace to You Thomas O'Brien offers context, summary, and commentary on the second Servant Song Isaiah 49:1-7 and Paul's greeting in 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Scripture in Context | Author: Thomas O'Brien Mercy and Justice Have Embraced Andrew Brookes reflects, in this homily, on the relationship between justice and mercy. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Torch | Author: Andrew Brookes The Grace of Dogs With an assist from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Andrew Root reflects on whether a bereaved pet owner will see their beloved animal in the next life. Root's answer is Yes, based on faith in God's love and grace. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Andrew Root Mercy, Me A reflection on 2 Peter 3:8-15 about mercy in a culture that encourages us to be less than merciful. Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Century | Author: Kathleen Norris
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