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...
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.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey' Part 2 of 2
In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson uses a personal irritation for the metaphor “Lent is a journey" to reflect on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful season.
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.
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.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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.
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.
Full Text Hymns on Vocation
How Clear Is Our Vocation, LordPD
Called to God's VocationPD
We Are Called by One VocationPD
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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: “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.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
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...
What shall I call you?
In this excerpt from the book, "This Odd and Wondrous Calling," Martin Copenhaver ponders the titles used by and bestowed upon clergy, nothing how each title used refers to a different relationship or source of authority....
Call to Worship: Praise our God Together
This is a call to worship inspired by Psalm 148:1, 7, 11-13 that calls all creation to praise our God together.
Call to Worship: Before the throne
Christine Longhurst offers a paraphrase of Revelation 7:9-12 as a call to worship. "Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen!"
Call to Worship: When we least expect it
Christine Longhurst presents Ann Siddall's call to worship for Easter Sunday. It challenges us to "open ourselves to the astounding possibility that life can break out at any moment!