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The Call is Urgent Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Olson https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=867 A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson

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The Bad News is Part of the Good News Article by Fleming Rutledge http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2013/04/19/april-18-2003-interview-with-rev-fleming-rutledge/18886/ In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history. Resource type: Article Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Author: Fleming Rutledge

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Advent Confession Element of Worship by Nathan Nettleton https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/advent-confession.html Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Nathan Nettleton

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Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B) Service Outline https://www.rca.org/resources/easter-sunday-year-b Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Reformed Church in America

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Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10 Commentary/Exegesis by Jerome Creach https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=449 Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Jerome Creach

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Ash Wednesday Commentary/Exegesis by Marvin A. McMickle http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=197 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

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Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation Sermon Starter/Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/lent-planning-guide 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

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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources Sermon Illustration by William H. Wiggins, Jr. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=8 This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.

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A theory of jerks Article by Eric Schwitzgebel http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/if-youre-surrounded-by-idiots-guess-whos-the-jerk/ 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. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel

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Unimaginable Words Service Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/unimaginable-words-matthew-26 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

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Sadie, the Prayer Dog Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Sadie-Prayer-Dog-Alyce-McKenzie-02-25-2013 As a Lenten text, Luke 13:1-9, encourages us to heed Jesus' urgent call to repentance and not miss out on joy we are missing. Lent is a good time to repent and head toward God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie

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Full Text Hymns on Sin What Can Wash Away My Sin?PD
All That I Was, My Sin, My GuiltPD
Grace Greater Than Our SinPD
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Ash Wednesday Worship Element of Worship by Debra Rienstra http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/ash-wednesday-worship Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Debra Rienstra

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The Power of Persistence, Part 2 Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Power-Persistence-Alyce-McKenzie-10-22-2013 This commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, focusing on the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-loathing that keeps us from trusting God to work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie

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Advent in the Marketplace Article by Cameron Lee https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/advent-in-the-marketplace/ Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of... Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Author: Cameron Lee

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Painful Path, Strong Faith Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Painful-Path-Alyce-McKenzie-02-18-2013 This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and discomfort. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie

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Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears Article by Louis E. Lotz https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1991/resurrection-apprehension-lots-ideas-calm-those-easter-sermon-fears Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts. Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Louis E. Lotz

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Why Ash Wednesday? Article by Laura Smit http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/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

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Restore the Joy of Salvation Commentary/Exegesis by Jan Richardson http://paintedprayerbook.com/2012/03/23/day-27-restore-the-joy-of-salvation/ On the twenty-seventh day of Lent, Jan Richardson ponders on the topic of joy in Psalm 51:1-12. She asks us to consider the ways in which we can invite God deeper into our spirits. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Painted Prayerbook Author: Jan Richardson

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I Gave Up Gossip for Lent Article by Dena Dyer https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/i-gave-gossip-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

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