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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. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jason Lief
Cross of Wood A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf. Resource type: Image Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Elizabeth Steele Halstead
Season of Lent A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery
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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/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
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling
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
History of Hymns: “All Who Hunger” This offers background and commentary on Sylvia Dunstan's (1955-1993) hymn: "All Who Hunger.” A communion hymn, it is not memorial that recalls Christ’s suffering, but a joyful hymn of community to be shared at the table. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn Full Text Hymns on Suffering O Thou through suffering perfect madePD
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Worship Service - Suffering and Hope David Bridges offers a worship service about suffering and hope, based on the book of Job; the congregation is in the position of Job and readers give the speeches of his "friends." Resource type: Drama Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: David M. Bridges The Victory of Suffering Love In this video interview, Kallistos Ware describes the work of Jesus on the cross. He sees both God and man suffering and showing love. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Kallistos Ware Suffering This quotation from Lewis Smedes considers suffering, defining suffering as having to endure what we very much want not to endure. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Lewis B. Smedes Good Friday: Suffering for the Causes of Christ This sermon starter and commentary on John 19:31-37 and Romans 5:1-9 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for a Palm Sunday service that focuses on suffering for the causes of Christ. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Ricky A. Woods Suffering Servants Waldemar Janzen on understanding sufferings of the prophets, unnamed servant from Isaiah 40-55, and Jesus and how we are invited to join their sufferings. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Waldemar Janzen No Life without Suffering Alan Paston shares his conviction that Jesus suffered "not to save us from suffering, but to teach us how to bear suffering." A quote fitting for John 16:33, Acts 14:22, Romans 8:36 and other similar texts. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Alan Paton
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