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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
The Power of Persistence, Part 2 Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, elucidating the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-deprecation that keeps us from trusting God to work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
Season of Lent A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery
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
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
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
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.
Hymn: With Humble Grace This hymn was written as a memorial for a church member, and it was first sung at his service. It is set to the English folk tune O WALY WALY. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: F. Richard Garland Hymn: Child Will Lead The Dawn Of Grace This hymn, set to the tune of MARYTON, was written from the lectionary texts for the second Sunday of Advent (Year A). Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: F. Richard Garland 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
Full Text Hymns on Mercy God of Mercy, God of GracePD
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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
Hymn: God, Who Is Rich In Mercy’s Grace This hymn by Richard Garland is one of a series of hymns based on the book of Ephesians. This hymn is based on Ephesians 2:1-10 and is set to the tune MARYTON by Percy Smith (1874). Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: F. Richard Garland Praying with the Rhythms of Grace Judy Henderson Prather writes that the creation story in Genesis 1, and specifically, God’s life-giving gift of sabbath, offers us rhythms of grace recommend practices of prayer that will help us to reclaim sabbath keeping. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Judy Henderson Prather Hymn Study: “Here Is Peace” This offers background and commentary on Andrew Pratt's hymn, "Here Is Peace." It explores in three short stanzas the true meaning of peace, with a primary focus on God's grace and our gracious actions. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Dean McIntyre God's Enabling Grace This study is meant to be accompanied by the article, "Grace in the Sermon on the Mount. It includes discussion questions and liturgical elements. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Reducing Grace Todd Hunter shares that grace cannot be reduced to the forgiveness of sins. He reminds us that grace is for all of life and offers words of wisdom for those who are feeling stagnant spiritually. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Todd D. Hunter Grace In this video interview, John Perkins discusses Titus 2:11 and the importance of Christians showing God's grace to all people in response to God's command to love our neighbor as ourselves. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: John Perkins Hymn: We Played the Flute! The Children Said This hymn was composed in 2011, and relates to Matthew 11:16-30. It celebrates our faith as an act of the grace of God, rather than of self-will and control. It is set to the tune, CANONBURY. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
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