Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra.
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.
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....
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.
Music suggestions for the fifth Sunday of Easter (and Mother's Day), drawing from contemporary worship music and traditional hymns found in United Methodist Hymnal and The Faith We Sing.
Music is a Tilling of Soil
Music breaks open hard ground, preparing it for a seed to be planted, says the singer-songwriter Steve Bell. When he plays, he lets go of the outcomes, allowing people to experience the mystery.
Music and the Priestly Life
Music is an ever present part of life played in almost every venue from grocery stores to churches. The message received from the music people choose can be instrumental to how that person approaches the world...
After the death of Martin Luther, composers such as Johann Walter, Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, and Dietrich Buxtehude put musical flesh and blood on Luther's belief that music was a gift of God
Music for Psalm 105
Music for Psalm 105, a song of great praise to God. Includes a Sibelius file and a PDF of the scored music.
Sights and Sounds of Lent: Children's Meditations for the Season
Coins, a robe, a basin of water, they can all turn into something special for the season of Lent. One church created children’s Lenten meditations that engage their senses by using these objects and more.
Helping Kids Understand Worship Through Music
Directing a children’s choir offers several opportunities to teach children what worship is and what it means to worship. This article focuses on how the music we choose can be a great teaching tool for children.
Full Text Hymns on Music
When in Our Music God Is GlorifiedPD
For the Music of CreationPD
Fill the Earth with Music©
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Music for Unity and Ascension
This resource provides music suggestions for Ascension Sunday during a sermon series on Becoming One in Ministry. Song selections include: Crown Him (Majesty); Holy, Holy, Holy; One Bread, One Body; Table of Plenty, and more.
Patrick Kavanaugh's brief account of Johann Sebastian Bach's attitude toward his music can illustrate living as a humble servant of God despite having a prodigious talent.
This sermon illustration pairs Psalm 98:4-6 with an excerpt from Frederick Buechner's "Wishful Thinking" to show that music asks us and enables us to listen to certain qualities of time.
Crossing Boundaries with Music
Music is a powerful means by which people construct their religious and cultural identities. And in the midst of tremendous ethnic and cultural differences, music can play a critical role in reaching all people.
Music in the Church
This audio-recorded workshop features a quick tour of the history of music in the church stopping to sing along the way. Understanding the roots and impulses of different streams of music helps us navigate them better.
Pentecost: Music and Worship Resources
This worship planning resource is for a Pentecost service where the service is framed around the Holy Spirit birthing the church. Brenda G. Hankins provides worship planning notes, a responsive reading, and music suggestions.
Easter Sunrise — Music Notes
Music notes for a Sunrise Service on Easter Morning, including music for baptisms. Song selections include: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone); Christ Has Risen; The Easter Song, and more.
Music and justice
This article considers justice and music, suggesting that through music, we can learn of the injustices in the world today and be inspired to right the wrongs that we discover.