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.
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.
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.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, 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.
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.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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).
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....
Full Text Hymns on Mercy
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Depth of Mercy! Can There BePD
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.