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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
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
Ash Wednesday A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Marvin A. McMickle
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. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Rolf Jacobson
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
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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn 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.
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
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
Full Text Hymns on Vocation How Clear Is Our Vocation, LordPD
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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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Peter Wallace
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 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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
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
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.... Resource type: Book Quote Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Martin Copenhaver 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Christine Longhurst 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!" Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Christine Longhurst 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! Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Christine Longhurst
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