Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
The Call is Urgent
A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways."
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.
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.
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.
Reflecting on the Gospel resurrection accounts, Peter Marty maintains that freedom from fear is the most powerful effect of Easter.
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.
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears
Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
Full Text Hymns on Peace
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Losing Peace and Joy
With themes on joy, peace, and sin, this illustration highlights that we can lose our joy and peace as an effect of sin. This is appropriate for John 15:22 and 2 Peter 2:20
Peace with Our Enemies - Study Guide
Adult Bible study guide on understanding the nature of the real enemy and the importance of God's armor to proclaim the gospel of peace. This study guide is based on Ephesians 6:10-20 and articles.
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.
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.
Reflecting on John 14:27, Tony Robinson writes that the world offers three models of peace: palace, fortress, and escape. But the peace of God sends us into the world, to live as ministers of reconciliation.
Bringing Peace to Paradise
This article by Steven Gertz describes the efforts of missionary John Williams (1796-1839) in spreading Christianity in the South Pacific. Rather than utilizing British missionaries, Williams trained indigenous missionaries who could spread the gospel to locals.
Peace Promptings Within
In this sermon outline for Isaiah 2:1-4, Arthur Landwehr observes that the passage assumes we can make positive steps toward peace. But to be able to will peace, we must be able to conceive of peace....
Peace be with you
Thomas Kearns preaches on the risen Lord's gift of peace (John 20:19-31), reminding us that this peace is not simple tranquility or serenity, but is something alive and active, liberating and dynamic, challenging and calming.