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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
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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Darnell St. Romain 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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Peter Wallace
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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Joshua Zentner-Barrett 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 8.8.8.8 meter can be used with several tunes. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
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
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. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts 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). Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Elise Jeeyoon Choi 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.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn
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