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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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Debra Rienstra
Advent Waiting 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.... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries
Advent Confession 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Nathan Nettleton
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
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dena Dyer
Unimaginable Words 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. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Lament Resources for Race This post was created in response to the shooting in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. It features a poem of lament and five other prayers and writings related to hate, racism, and violence. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Missio Alliance Prayer as Liminal Space with Alice Fryling "Prayer is a wonderful and frustrating mystery." In this podcast episode, Alice Fryling shares her personal experience of prayer as a hopeful place of change. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Deb Gregory Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Lord’s Prayer, A Missional Reading: Hallowed Be Thy Name Nijay Gupta explains the background of "Hallowed Be Thy Name" in the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9). God was concerned to restore the holiness of God's name which the Israelites had profaned among the nations (Ezekiel 36:17-27). Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Nijay Gupta Full Text Hymns on Prayer Sweet Hour of PrayerPD
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Prayer of Confession: Christine Longhurst presents Jamie Barnes' responsive prayer of confession for Advent. It asks forgiveness and correction for the pursuit of power, money, and stuff. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Prayer for God's People This dramatic prayer for God’s people from Ephesians 1:17-19 is quoted from the Voice, a modern language dynamic equivalent version of the Bible. The resource emphasizes light and includes a photo of the sun breaking through... Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Congregational Prayer: Let the nations tremble Christine Longhurst presents Isaac Villegas' pastoral prayer based on Psalm 99. The nations tremble because God loves justice. "We pray for your merciful justice to reign." Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Our Prayers of Lament for Mass Shootings A collection of several prayers of lament in response to mass shootings, including Habakkuk 1:2-4: "Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me." Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Missio Alliance The Lord's Prayer + Intercessions A prayer by Norma P. Dollaga that adds intercessions for people in need, and for ourselves, after each line of the Lord's Prayer. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Norma P Dollaga From “Worst-Case Scenario” as a Parent to Transformational Encounter with Jesus Matt Tebbe relates an anecdote from being a parent and connects it to practical lessons: repentance from one's own sin, "casting vision of identity rather than castigating behavior," and engaging children's imagination in prayer. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Matt Tebbe Prayers of the People: New Year Christine Longhurst shares a prayer of intercession and thanksgiving for a New Year's service that was written by David Arnott. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Prayer of Confession This unison prayer of confession and assurance of forgiveness are inspired by Psalm 79:1-9; Amos 8:4-7, and 1 Timothy 2:5-6. It confesses then pronounces absolution for our timidity in our Christian witness. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst
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