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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
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
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries
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
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
You May Have to Go Through This to Find Grace Reflecting on several New Testament passages, this article argues that the storms of life are our places of correction where we are required to give up control and be still in the presence of God. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Grace "After centuries of handling and mishandling, most religious words have become so shopworn...Not so with grace," says Frederick Buechner. In this excerpt, he lists many graces in our lives and explains what God's grace is like. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Carl Frederick Buechner ‘Mercy on Me’ (Sarah Hart) Mercy on Me,” a song for reconciliation by Sarah Hart, has a Taizé feel and a message of forgiveness and healing. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Global Worship | Author: Sarah Hart Full Text Hymns on Mercy God of Mercy, God of GracePD
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Homilies - Mercy, Martrdom, and Mass These Catholic homilies focuses on the themes of redeemed to Christ, martyrdom, liberty, divine mercy, and the Mass. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: James H. Toner Transfiguration: Prayer for Grace This is prayer of confession and petition inspired by the Transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, and Luke 9:28-36 that focuses on grace. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Gord Waldie Grace, the Best Karma In this article Victor Ko uses the concept of karma as a stepping stone to unpack the Christian understanding of the relationship between sin and grace. Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: Victor Ko Grace and Truth? Jesus came as the embodiment of grace and truth in order that we might know God's enduring love and unfailing faithfulness. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The Twelve | Author: Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Grace by Losing It is hard to see why Jesus upholds crafty manager in the parable of Luke 16:1-13. In this commentary, Anne Sutherland Howard points to the reversal in this parable: grace comes to us through our losses. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Day1 | Author: Anne Sutherland Howard Mercy Chefs Mercy Chefs is a Christian nonprofit that provides professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims and first responders during natural disasters. This video resource would make a good sermon illustration for active compassion or community engagement. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly | Author: Kim Lawton
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