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.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
Sabbath Sings a Quiet Song
Hymn about Sabbath, "Sabbath Sings a Quiet Song," by Terry York. Tune: PROCTOR SPRINGS 220.127.116.11.D. by David Bolin.
Hymn: Hush! Then Heed The Silences
This hymn on health and healing for those who serve is set to the tune THE CALL.
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.
Hymn: God, We Have Heard It, Sounding in the Silence
This hymn was composed in 1999, and is especially appropriate after a violent loss of life. It is set to the tune, HERZLIEBSTER JESU.
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.
Hymn: On Friday, When The Sky Was Dark (Kleinheksel)
This hymn was composed in 2005, and takes us through the despair, the silence, the loss of hope and faith that must have marked that first Holy Saturday, and finally to Easter day.
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.
In this video interview, Ian Morgan Cron draws our attention to what we might be missing out on by robbing our Church communities of silence in worship.
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.
Full Text Hymns on Silence
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep SilencePD
Now the SilencePD
My Soul in Silence Waits for GodPD
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Hymn: On Friday, When The Sky Was Dark (St. Magnus)
This hymn was composed in 2005, and takes us through the despair, the silence, the loss of hope and faith of Holy Saturday, and finally to Easter day. It is set to the tune, ST. MAGNUS.
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.
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.
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.
Do you practice silence? In this video, various people share their experience with the spiritual practice of silence.
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.
History of Hymns: “Now the Silence”
This offers background and commentary on the Jaroslav Vajda (1919-2008) Eucharist hymn, “Now the Silence.”
Silence, Humility and the Enemy
Jean Vanier on Taize, and silence and humility in community. The rhythm of singing and listening, praying and listening creates the necessary space and time for God to speak to our hearts.