Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
Cross of Wood
A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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.
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.
Hymn: Save Us, Lord, From War’s Illusions (Beachspring)
Richard Garland composed this new hymn, which is rooted in Micah 4:3. It is especially suited for use with themes of social holiness, world peace, nation, and confession. It is set to the tune BEACH SPRING.
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....
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
Peace and Justice in the Qur'an
Robert Kruschwitz offers a study guide for comparing Islamic and Christian conceptions of peace and justice. The Qur'an has a high regard for peace, but not at the expense of justice.
Hymn: Christ Is Our Peace
This hymn by Richard Garland is one of a series of hymns based on the book of Ephesians. It is set to the tune of FINLANDIA.
Full Text Hymns on Peace
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Seek the Peace of the City
Taking inspiration from Jeremiah 29:4-7, this hymn by David Wright reminds us that God will give us God's comforting presence and will work among us if we seek peace for our neighbors.
Jesus Can't Be Locked Out
This commentary on John 20:19-29 is about Jesus giving his peace, purpose, and power to a hurting world, and empowering disciples then and now to embody Christ’s peace, purpose, and power in the midst of pain.
Peace is more than the absence of violence. In this video, Stanley Hauweras describes peace by including the ideas of being enthralled by God and losing fear of one another.
Hymn: Save Us, Lord, From War’s Illusions (Beecher)
Richard Garland composed this new hymn, which is rooted in Micah 4:3. It is especially suited for use with themes of social holiness, world peace, nation, and confession. It is set to the tune BEECHER.
Hymn: I’ve Got Peace Like A River
This is an arrangement of "I’ve Got Peace Like A River" that is suitable for choral or congregational use.
This prayer for peace features appeals to God as the one who has compassion on all people.
Peace for Troubled Times
In this sermon starter for John 14:23-29, David Lose points out that Christian peace is the absence of what is negative, but the ability to bear those negative things well.
Heads Up! Jesus Is All Around
This exegesis on John 20:19-31 uses Christ's greeting of peace to fearful, grieving followers to demonstrate that if we don't notice the risen Christ, we miss the peace available to us in the present.