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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
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
Social Media, Sabbath and Silence There are cultural currents that misshape not only the church’s engagement with its mission but also community life in general. Bill Walker shares three ways to counter these currents: fast from social media, sabbath and silence. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Bill Walker Insights from “Silence”—The Embrace of Despisement Nikki Toyama-Szeto comments on 'Silence,' the novel adapted to film by Martin Scorcese. The story, she says, can help American Christians reconfigure their understanding of terms like 'despised and rejected.' Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Nikki Toyama-Szeto 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Rich Villodas Silence Bites 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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Day1 | Author: Homer Henderson Silence 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. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Jason Lief 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: David Augsburger Full Text Hymns on Silence Now the SilencePD
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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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee Streets and Silence In this article, A.J. Swoboda shares that there are times for both activist prayer and contemplative prayer- prayer walking and prayer silence. What we need is the gumption to know which is needed at each moment.... Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: A.J. Swoboda 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. Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: John Van Regenmorter 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Prayer for the Quiet Saints Here’s a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving for the quiet saints among us, written by John Birch. It is a prayer honoring those among us who seek to serve the Lord without acclaim or acknowledgement. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst A Call to Silence as the New Year Comes In our silence, God is there. David Fitch explains the necessity of the practice of silence and encourages churches to recapture in some way the monastic practice of silence in our worship. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch History of Hymns: “Now the Silence” This offers background and commentary on the Jaroslav Vajda (1919-2008) Eucharist hymn, “Now the Silence.” Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Discipleship Ministries | Author: C. Michael Hawn
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