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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
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. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Harlan Van Oordt Sacraments Sustain Weak Faith This article offers an overview of the sacraments from a Reformed perspective citing both Augustine and Calvin. Sacraments are visible signs of an invisible grace that sustain our faith and reminds us who we are. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Harlan Van Oordt 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. Resource type: Image Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive Author: Martin Luther 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. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Mark C. McCann 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Daniel Den Boer The Family: Expanded Sacrament Describing the sacrament of marriage as a means of participating in divine love, this article by John McDermott discusses the manifestation of love through commitment, self-emptying, procreation and family. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: John McDermott 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. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Kathryn Schifferdecker Complementarity of the Sacraments of Marriage and the Eucharist This Catholic article discusses the complementarity of the sacraments of marriage and eucharist, each leading to the other in so far as they belong together as an expression of Love. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Francis Etheredge 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. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Gregg Mast Sacramented Words 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Worship Author: Scott E. Hoezee 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. Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Howard D Vanderwell Full Text Hymns on Sacraments The seven sacramentsPD
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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. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Kenneth M. Dos Santos, MIC Evangelism and Sacraments: Telling Well the Story This article considers evangelism and the sacraments, suggesting that the sacraments themselves, in their celebration, seal to God’s people their evangelistic mission, appointing and summoning, renewing and encouraging them in it. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Sue A. Rozeboom Worship Ideas on the Sacrament of Baptism This article explores the meaning of baptism as a sacrament and then offers practical suggestions for rejuvenating your baptism liturgy. Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Howard D Vanderwell 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. Resource type: Article Source: Blue Letter Bible Author: Matthew Henry Why the Holy Sacraments? In this podcast, Scott Hoezee, David Bast, and guest James Brownson, discuss the meaning and purpose of the Sacraments, how it relates to our bodies, our souls, and our communal identity. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Groundwork Author: James Brownson 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. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Philip-Michael F Tangorra Beliefs about the Sacraments An explanation of the sacraments of baptism and communion, with suggestions for how they can be celebrated in Reformed churches. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Church in America The Lord’s Supper as Welcoming Sacrament? In recent years, there has been increasing talk about the Lord’s Supper as a feast of evangelistic welcome and hospitality. These four articles consider the Lord’s Supper as a sacrament to draw people to faith. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Renee House
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