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The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when... Resource type: Image | Source: Loyola Press | Author: Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
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
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dena Dyer
My Call to Senior Pastoral Ministry Will you answer God's Call? Tara Beth Leach shares her journey of accepting God's call to be a senior pastor. Let us imagine the possibilities instead of impossibilities and barriers. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Tara Beth Leach 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Debra Rienstra
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
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
Should We Still Call God Father? In this article, Karina Kreminski explains what the expression "our father" encompasses and how we must never be confused with some misguided notion around the masculinity of God. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Advent in the Marketplace Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of... Resource type: Article | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: Cameron Lee
Ekklesaphobia Post #2: The Protestant Principle The author addresses an issue he calls "Ekklesaphobia," which occurs when renewing parts of the Church fear embodying traditional practices of the faith. It specifically explores the topic of Protestantism. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Absurd Community Reflecting on John 19:25-27, A.J. Swoboda explains how Jesus created a community of paradox or divergent community, and how the church has always been built on the foundation of what we call a paradox. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: A.J. Swoboda Full Text Hymns on Vocation How Clear Is Our Vocation, LordPD
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Call to Worship: Psalm 111 Christine Longhurst shares a short call to worship based on Psalm 111:1-4 that emphasizes the majesty of God. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Call to Worship Litany: Isaiah 12:1-6 This call to worship is based on Isaiah 12:1-6 and emphasizes God being the source of one's salvation. It was written by Christine Longhurst. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski Call to Worship Litany: From Everlasting to Everlasting This is a responsive call to worship or litany inspired by Psalm 90:2 that uses the repeated refrain, "From everlasting to everlasting." Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Rachel G. Hackenberg What We’re Missing When We Call Jesus “Teacher” or “Rescuer” In response to a theological discussion about how to correctly name Jesus, this article suggests that identifying Christ as "the Word made flesh" both recognizes the teaching of God and acknowledges Christ as the Great Rescuer. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Bill Walker Call to Confession In this worship planning resource, Christine Longhurst shares two calls to confession based on Hebrews 4:15-16 and Luke 24:44-48. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst 16 Shots and the Importance of Disruption Josiah Daniels participated in a protest against systems of oppression on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. And he was arrested for doing so. He calls Jesus a radical, who would have willingly joined the protest. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Josiah Daniels Call to Worship: Praise be to God! This is a brief responsive call to worship inspired by John 1:10-14 and Psalm 150:6 that uses the repeated refrain, "Praise be to God!" Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Katherine Hawker
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