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.
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.
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.
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.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
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.
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.
Reflecting on the Gospel resurrection accounts, Peter Marty maintains that freedom from fear is the most powerful effect of Easter.
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.
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.
Full Text Hymns on Mercy
God of Mercy, God of GracePD
There's Wideness in God's MercyPD
Depth of Mercy! Can There BePD
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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?
‘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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Mercy and Justice Have Embraced
Andrew Brookes reflects, in this homily, on the relationship between justice and mercy.
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.