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.
The Bad News is Part of the Good News
In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding the Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history.
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.
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.
Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey' Part 2 of 2
In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson uses a personal irritation for the metaphor “Lent is a journey" to reflect on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful season.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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.
Singing the Word of God
Martin Luther often expressed the conviction that music was, under God, of supreme importance. This article by Mark Noll provides an overview of the Reformer's theology of music.
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to 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.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
Full Text Hymns on Singing
I Will Sing unto the LORDPD
Come, Christians, Join to SingPD
How Can I Keep From Singing©
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Sing Along with Me!
This sermon by Arthur Landwehr on Ephesians 5:15-20 explains that the reason why churches need to sing when they worship is because when we sing we rehearse the faith handed down to the church through music....
This commentary on Psalm 98 suggests that we sing because we are bursting with the God-news that in Jesus Christ, God is reconciling to the world, overcoming sin and the powers of death.
Sing with Me!
Sermon notes on Ephesians 5:15-20 from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. Christians, we've always had a reason to sing. These are some truths from the tradition of singing in the church.
Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land
This sermon on Psalm 137 reminds us that our citizenship is in heaven; and while we are here, we have the faith community to teach us how to sing the Lord's song in this strange land.
Sing Praises to God
This call to worship is an adaptation of Isaiah 12:5-6 made into a litany. We are called to praise and sing for joy because God is with us, dwelling in our midst.
‘Sing of Mary’
A collection of resources for the ecumenical celebration of Mary's birthday: A Collect prayer, an ornate, Polish painting, a contemporary and traditional version of the hymn "Sing of Mary," (with scores), and a post-communion prayer.
Singing Our Way Home
Ten hymn texts and poems about heaven from church fathers and mothers throughout history. They write of the new Jerusalem, the river, glory, rejoining friends, and more.
Singing as an Act of Resistance
Reflecting on Luke 1:39-55, David Lose writes that singing is an act of resistance. Mary and Elizabeth sang of their confidence in the Lord’s promise to hold onto them and bring them to the other side.