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.
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.
History of Hymns: “God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian”
This offers background and commentary on Carl P. Daw Jr.'s hymn: "God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian." This 1989 hymn is a response to God’s call to a consecrated life.
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
History of Hymns: “In the Desert, On God’s Mountain”
This offers background and commentary on Susan Cherwien's contemporary worship song: “In the Desert, On God’s Mountain.” A paraphrase of Exodus 3:1-4:17 and 34:29–35, it witnesses the encounter between God and Moses at the Burning Bush.
History of Hymns: “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace”
Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "Creating God, Your Fingers Trace” by Jeffrey Rowthorn. The stanzas begin with "Creating God," "Sustaining God," "Redeeming God," and “Indwelling God.” The 184.108.40.206 meter can be used with several tunes.
Full Text Hymns on Taking God's name in vain
O God, My Heart Is Fully BentPD
LORD, Our Lord, Your Glorious NamePD
That men a godly life might livePD
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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
The Third Commandment: No Misuse of God’s Name
What does it mean to use the Lord's name in vain? In this devotion based on Exodus 20:7, Mark Roberts considers the different ways that we cheapen the name of God in our contemporary culture.
History of Hymns: “God Hath Spoken by the Prophets”
This offers background and commentary on the 1953 hymn, "God Hath Spoken by the Prophets,” by George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959).
History of Hymns: “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart”
This offers background and commentary on the 1854 beloved hymn by George Croly (1780-1860): “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart.”