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.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
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.
Silence and Solitude
The spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude have a long history in the Christian tradition. By studying biblical examples from Mark 1:35-39 and 1 Kings 19:11-13, this podcast delves into these disciplines.
Silence, Patience, Presence
This essay provides a wealth of reflection, pondering, and wisdom on the topic of silence, written by a professor of pastoral care and counseling.
When God bides God’s time, we bear the weight of his silence in our own lives. But we have hope that God's silence is a pregnant silence. A brief reflection by Jason Lief.
Silence as a Weapon
When used as a weapon, silence can be extremely dangerous. John Van Regenmorter turns to Jesus' example to learn when silence may and may not be used in our interactions with others.
Silence of God
Carolyn Brown shares ways to talk to children about God's silence, identity in Christ, demons, and more from the 1 Kings 19:1-7; Psalms 22:19-28, 42, 43:5; Isaiah 65:1-9; Luke 8:26-39; and Galatians 3:23-29.
James Howell offers reflections for preaching about Jesus healing the demon-possessed man (Mark 5:1-20). Many "demons" today still need to be silenced: mental illness, political ideology, our own egos, etc.
Silence: The Unexpected, Prophetic Starting Point for Justice
Drawing on an example from Mother Teresa, Rich Villodas writes about "prophetic silence" as preparatory work leading to "works of justice and mercy." In contrast, passive silence is fear of confronting the status quo.
Full Text Hymns on Silence
You Are MinePD
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep SilencePD
Now the SilencePD
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The Power of Silence in Prayer
Stephen Walters sums up the key points in a book about silence and prayer: 1) Silence is not an absence; 2) Relationships mature in silence; 3) Silence in prayer leads to intimacy with God.
In his sermon on 1 Kings 19:1-4 and 8-15, Homer Henderson reflects on the story of Elijah listening to God to argue for the importance of silence.
On Silence and Losing Control
Daniel Camacho reflects on his experience of incorporating spiritual disciplines, and specifically the practice of silence, with an academic course.
Silence: Friend or Foe?
The gift of silence is both inviting and frightening, as Tripp Martin shows us in this blog post. Both the invitation and the fear lead us to a place where God can lead.
Silence's Scintillating Divine Speech
An article exploring the role of silence in worship. Joyce Zimmerman says, silence in worship aids our recollection, meditation, and our praise.
Silence, Beauty, and the Shape of Christian Discipleship
A video conversation and discussion guide to help shape Christian responses to questions of love and suffering, silence and beauty, as explored in the Martin Scorsese movie ‘Silence’ based on Shusaku Endo's novel.
Can You Find Silence during Holy Week?
In this Holy Week refection, Margaret Marcuson invites us to engage in the practice of silence and experience an increased awareness of God.
An essay by Nathaniel Peters contrasting the insatiable desire for random knowledge in the world, which he associates with the sin of curiosity, with the virtue of silence, which brings us closer to God.