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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
Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10 Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Jerome Creach
Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B) Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Reformed Church in America
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
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.
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
A theory of jerks Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel
Lament: Ash Wednesday This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work Author: Joslyn Ogden Schaefer
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
Easter Fears Reflecting on the Gospel resurrection accounts, Peter Marty maintains that freedom from fear is the most powerful effect of Easter. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Peter W. Marty
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
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
Full Text Hymns on Mercy God of Mercy, God of GracePD
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Mercy is a Serious Matter Mercy is the central focus of Regis Scanlon's exposition here. Can mercy be both wonderful and difficult? Can it be both free and conditional? Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Regis Scanlon ‘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 Mercy Aelred Connelly invites us to allow Christ to free us from the paralysis of sin and experience mercy (Isaiah 43:18-25; 2 Corinthians 2:18-22; Mark 2:1-12). Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch Author: Aelred Connelly Mercy and Loyalty Richard Conrad draws from Mark 1:7-11 and 1 John 5:1-9 and meditates on Jesus' baptism, noting key themes of mercy and loyalty embodied therein. Jesus' baptism makes our baptism possible, his service empowering us to serve. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch Author: Richard Conrad Mercy and Justice A sermon starter on Psalm 125, Proverbs 22:1-23, Mark 7:24-37 and James 2:1-17 about mercy and justice a work in our lives and out of our lives. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Sermons That Work Author: Jennifer Shadle Mercy Is Not Enough Reflecting on several passages, Chuck Queen explores the difference between mercy and justice and encourages Christians to wake up to their responsibility to do justice. Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: Chuck Queen 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 Mercy, Hope, Joy A liturgy of confession including a call, prayer, and assurance. When we worry about tomorrow and ignore the life God offers us, God extends the mercy, hope, and joy we need. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Christine Longhurst
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