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Ash Wednesday A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Marvin A. McMickle
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
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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
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
Wisdom Transformed by Love Adult Sunday School Lesson / Study Guide about the relationship between wisdom and love. It features Proverbs 8:1-13, 22-31 and includes liturgical elements and study questions. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz History of Hymns: “What Feast of Love” This offers background and commentary on the Delores Dufner (b. 1939) hymn, "What Feast of Love." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Kristi Hassell Sharing Wisdom as an Act of Love Adult Sunday School Lesson / Study Guide based on the novel, GILEAD, focused on the "integral relationship of wisdom to love." It features Proverbs 4:1-9 and includes liturgical elements and study questions. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz A School of Christian Love Augustine taught that friends are "gifts entrusted to us by God for providential purposes." This article explores how friendships can sanctify us and be a "school of Christian love." Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Paul J. Wadell Love and Righteousness Richard Hays wrote that “love gives meaning to an otherwise unintelligible world." As pilgrims still learning what it means to live out of love in a community, we can be thankful that "love is patient." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Taize Author: Taize Community Full Text Hymns on Self-love Thou hidden love of God, whose heightPD
Saviour, Thy dying love Thou gavest mePD
O Love of God, How Strong and TruePD
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Illustrations on Mixing the Gospel with Politics, Myopic Self-Love, Legalism, and Anti-heros There is material here to illustrate the folly of mixing politics with the gospel, the selfish myopia of self-love, why ignoring total depravity is dangerous, legalism, anti-heros, and the growing bias against noisy kids. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Matt Woodley When Love Turns to Anger Uncontrolled anger ruins close relationships. Study Guide for adult Sunday School lesson based on Matthew 22:34-40 on how to cure anger towards those we love most. Liturgical elements and study questions are included. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz The Wardrobe of Easter: Love As part of a series on "The Wardrobe of Easter," this meditation considers love. "Agape once prompted Jesus to give no less than everything for us. Raised with him...we must show agape toward others." Resource type: Devotional Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Dale J. Cooper The Journey Away from Self Edward Hopkins' devotional on Mark 9:30-37 helps us to confront our own self-love and self-interest and pray that we would seek God's will for our self-giving lives. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest Author: Edward Hopkins The Ultimate Act of Love In this video Brené Brown identifies forgiveness as the ultimate act of love, since it involves something in ourselves, such as the power of being right, that has to die in order that we can forgive. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Brene' Brown The Journey Away from Self This devotional by Edward Hopkins focuses on living a life of service free from self-love, drawing from Mark 9:30-37 where Jesus tells his disciples that the greatest in the kingdom shall be the servant of all.... Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest Author: Edward Hopkins Stuff-Love - Study Guide Study guide / Adult Sunday School lesson drawn from Laura Singleton's article "Stuff-Love," which focuses on the ancient problem of consumerism. Liturgical elements and study questions included. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz
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