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.
Worship Ideas on the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
This article explores the nature of the Lord's Supper as a sacrament and then provides practical ways to change or rejuvenate your Lord's Supper service.
Toward a Welcoming Congregation - Study Guide
Study guide about welcoming and hospitality. Christian congregations are called to be sacraments of God's hospitality in the world. Includes liturgical elements and discussion questions.
History of Hymns: “Crashing Waters at Creation”
This offers commentary on the 1991 hymn by Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993): "Crashing Waters at Creation.” A baptismal hymn, it shows that water and Spirit cannot be separated, for water simultaneously quenches thirst and fills the soul.
History of Hymns: “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters”
Kristen Hanna offers background and commentary on the contemporary baptism hymn by Ruth C. Duck (b. 1947): “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters.”
Sacraments Sustain Weak Faith
This article considers the purpose of the sacraments, suggesting that sacraments are gifts to sustain our weak faith. They help us believe. They enable us to hold fast to the truth, despite the challenges of life.
A God with Skin - Recapturing the Incarnational Nature of the Sacraments
Using the book of John, this Catholic article argues that priests must move believers from the ritual to the flesh-and-blood--incarnational--reality of the sacraments.
Sacrament of the Altar
This sixteenth-century woodcut depicts a group of believers participating in the Communion, also known as the Sacrament of the Altar and the Eucharist.
History of Hymns: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”
Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name," written by Edward Perronet and modified by others, most notably John Rippon. The hymn is commonly sung to tunes CORONATION, DIADEM and MILES’ LANE....
In this article, Scott Hoezee reflects on the mutually reinforcing relationship between Word and sacrament and reminds us that the sacrament cannot be celebrated in isolation from the Word.
Word, Sacrament, Forgiveness and Praise
In this video, Nadia Bolz-Weber asserts that the Church, defined as a place where the gospel, sacraments, and forgiveness of sins are practiced and proclaimed, is not dying. Bolz-Weber also meditates on worship from Psalm 148.
Biblical Preaching and the Sacraments
This article by Katheryn M. Schifferdecker is about how connecting the hearing of the Word to the touching and tasting of the sacraments is a potentially powerful experience for both preacher and parishioner.
Full Text Hymns on Sacraments
The seven sacramentsPD
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Do Sacraments Matter?
Daniel Boer asks "What relevance can sacraments have in the real issues facing the church and Western society?" He reflects on how taking the sacrament of communion forms our identity in the crucified Christ.
The Three Advents
This study guide for 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 examines how God comes to humankind through the Advent of Christ, how Advent is a sacrament, and how Advent helps us understand our profound need for God's transforming power.
The Sacrament of Baptism
The Baptism of the Lord offers an excellent opportunity to explore the sacrament of baptism with worshipers of all ages. This article suggests practical ways to remember the sacrament using Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Mark 1:4-11;...
Scripture Catechism: Salvation and the Sacraments
Sections from Matthew Henry's "Scripture Catechism" concerning salvation and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper. Arranged in a question-and-answer format that offer Scriptural references for each answer.
Do Sacraments Matter?
This article considers the relevance of the sacraments in today's world, suggesting that what happens in the sacraments is the total restructuring of our moral and theological imaginations.
A Case for the Sacrament of Marriage
This Catholic essay discusses the Sacrament of Marriage, focusing on marriage as a permanent, lifelong union, shared by three parties: one man, one woman, and God.
The Sacrament of Matrimony: A Conversation with Millennials
Philip-Michael Tangorra examines the topic of Millennial marriage from a Roman Catholic perspective, laying out what the sacrament means and offering practical tips for successful marriages.
The Lord's Supper as Welcoming Sacrament? Reversing the Sequence of the Sacraments
These four articles share personal experience and engagement with an emerging practice of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as a feast of welcome and hospitality.