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Nicodemus in the Shadows Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Peter Wallace
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
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
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
A Blessing in the Ashes Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Painted Prayerbook Author: Jan Richardson
Good Friday: What Abides Good Friday is the subject of this blessing poem and piece of artwork. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Painted Prayerbook Author: Jan Richardson
Painful Path, Strong Faith This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
Ministry WITH the Poor: Doing For; Doing With; Being With Reminding that the "poor are in ministry," Paul Slentz's article distinguishes three levels of participating in ministry with the poor: doing a service for others, doing a service with others, and being in fellowship without barriers. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Paul Slentz Ministry in Christ’s Name and the Spirit’s Power. This lectionary resource provides sermon notes and worship planning tools for Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1-11 and Matthew 10:24-39; focusing on supporting people in ministry in Christ’s name and the Spirit’s power. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries 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
Ministry is Not Easier than Theology This video argues that divinity schools should integrate practical and systematic theology to benefit both disciplines and better prepare students for ministry. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Sarah Coakley Tending to the Financial Strain of Ministry Ministry is diminished when new pastors suffer with large student debt. In this interview, Richard Foss speaks about efforts to illuminate and alleviate the financial strain of ministry. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Richard Foss Full Text Hymns on Ministry Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries©
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Ministry in Practice These four texts attend to the nature of ministry. Deuteronomy 18:15-20 talks about ministry succession, Psalm: 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 of tending to God's Word, 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 of relationships, and Mark 1:21-28 the calling to ministry. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Sunday Website Author: Reginald H. Fuller Ministry Inspired by Home- and the Spirit This commentary on 2 Timothy 1:1-14 addresses two themes of this exhortation to Timothy: the home/family as a root and sanctuary of Gospel ministry, and the power of the Spirit for engaging in that Gospel ministry. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: John Frederick Ministry Team Leadership: Go Deeper ... fulfillment through service, Kimberly MacNeill's article encourages ministry leaders to commit to their volunteers' spiritual growth ... Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Kimberly MacNeill Ministry With Persons Going Through Divorce This resource provides a prayer and suggested Scripture readings (Philippians 3:12-16; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 13:10-17; Luke 18:35-43) centered around themes of healing and forgiveness for a service or ministry with persons who have experienced divorce. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Discipleship Ministries Ministry Helps Struggling Veterans Heal from the Wounds of War Eileen Flynn's article describes ministries helping veterans deal with moral injury - "the turmoil people experience when they violate their core values" on the battlefield. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Eileen Flynn Ministry of Reconciliation Among the Poor In this academic paper, Cheryl J. Sanders reflects on her ministry of reconciliation among the poor at Third Street Church in Washington DC and the important principles of mutuality and empowerment. Resource type: Article Source: The Project on Lived Theology Author: Cheryl J Sanders Ministry Involves our Support Through giving to the ministries of the church, we are helping the church flourish and grow. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Author: Chris Andreas Ministry to Estranged Parents Started with a Bible Promise This sermon illustration tells of a ministry dedicated to reuniting parents and children who have been torn apart, and how it started with the providential finding of Jeremiah 31:15. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Ken Langley
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