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.
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.
Reading Julian on Good Friday
Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor.
Revival: Return to Devotion
William C. Turner Jr. provides this commentary on Job 5:8-16 focusing on return to devotion that enables us to cherish God's blessings. He provides his own context, biblical exegesis, descriptive details, and other sermon suggestions.
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.
7 Ways Missional Spirituality is Different than Christian Spirituality
In this article, Christians are encouraged to practice Missional Spirituality, or an integrated way of living which points to the resurrected Jesus manifesting in us and calling us beyond ourselves towards the reconciliation of all things.
The Good News About Our Longings: Sexuality and Spirituality
This article by Rich Villodos is about how sexuality and spirituality need to be brought together in the church where it can be understood that sex is a gift to be enjoyed that points to God....
History of Hymns: “We Are Called” (“Come! Live in the Light”)
This offers background and commentary on David Haas' (b. 1958) hymn: "We Are Called." Employing a lively musical setting, the hymn transforms the Isaiah 6:8 mandate into a joyful living into our Christian vocation.
The Spirituality of Jesus: Stop and Go?
Too often missional activity can fall into the realm of mere pragmatism and activism if it does not take disciplines like spirituality, formation, sabbath rest, and listening to the Spirit in its stride.
History of Hymns: “Come, We That Love the Lord”
Taylor Vancil offers background and commentary on the hymn by Isaac Watts (1674-1738): “Come, We That Love the Lord”
Religion Versus Faith
In this meditation by the Taize Community on Jeremiah 7:1-11, the people of Judah exemplified "the deadly separation between expressions of piety and the authentic search for the living God."
Gender, Trinity, and Missional Spirituality
The central concerns of feminism are the central concerns of Christian spirituality: pursuit of a whole, just, compassionate, and embodied way of being in the world. Len Hjalmarson explores the intersection of gender and Christianity.
Jay Bakker on Art and Spirituality
In this short video, Jay Bakker explores how as finite beings art, justice and spirituality go together to help us understand the infinite.
Offertory Prayers and Invitation
This is a series of four Offertory Prayers for Easter, based on John 10:11-18, John 20:1-18, Acts 3:12-19 and 1 John 1. Included is an Invitation to the Offering
In this video, Richard Rohr considers a Trinitarian Spirituality, where everything has meaning and pray is always offered.
In this video, Phileena Heuertz describes contemplative spirituality and share how spiritual discipline is about teaching ourselves to surrender to the will of God. (Length: 05:00)
History of Hymns: “I Love to Tell the Story”
C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the beloved Hymn by Arabella Katherine Hankey (1834-1911): “I Love to Tell the Story”