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Ascension Resource Guide
This list of Ascension Day resources, including songs, reflections, visual arts, and readings, will help you plan worship for Ascension Day, traditionally celebrated 40 days after Easter. Ascension Day worship services celebrate Jesus Christ ascending into heaven after giving his disciples the Great Commission.
Resource Guide | May 03, 2023
Pentecost Resource Guide
This list of Pentecost resources, including hymns, songs, visual arts, books, and sermon ideas, will help you plan worship for Pentecost Sunday, traditionally celebrated 50 days after Easter. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples, marked by a strong wind, tongues of fire, and manifested in the disciples’ speaking in foreign languages.
Resource Guide | April 28, 2023
Holy Week Resource Guide
This list of Holy Week resources—art, music, devotions, liturgies, books, and sermons—will help you plan worship for Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Triduum, the three days that mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection, from the evening of Maundy Thursday through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter morning.
Resource Guide | March 14, 2023
Jonathan A. Powers on Teaching Hymns Appropriate to Context
If your congregation experiences hymn singing as dull and lifeless, then try Jonathan A. Powers’ advice on finding, introducing, and teaching hymns that will resonate with your worshiping community.
Conversation | March 06, 2023
Christ the King Sunday Worship Planning
Marking the kingship of Christ makes a healthy transition that leads directly from Ordinary Time into Advent, the Christmas cycle, and the remainder of the Christian year.
Article | November 17, 2021
Top Songs for Pentecost
Six pastors and church musicians list their top songs for Pentecost. You can find most of these songs on Hymnary.org or YouTube.
Article | May 20, 2021
Robert Feduccia on the CCLI Song Select Liturgy Section
Churches around the world seek permission to use contemporary worship music from Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc., or CCLI. Late in 2018, CCLI Song Select quietly introduced a liturgical section to help churches select contemporary music that fits the classic ordo, the four-fold pattern of worship. Robert Feduccia explains why.
Conversation | July 01, 2019
Introducing Lent: A Season of Preparation and Repentance
Through deliberate forms of self-denial, Christians in Lent open their hearts to the self-giving grace of Jesus Christ and their own union with Christ.
Reflection | March 06, 2017
Church Year Visual Art: A Q&A with Deborah Sokolove
Artist, writer and teacher Deborah Sokolove shares images of liturgical visual arts that don’t need words to help worshipers experience the Christian church’s calendar cycle.
Conversation | May 27, 2016
Advent Resource Guide
This is a guide to Advent and Christmas worship planning resources from our website and our ministry partners' websites.
Resource Guide | November 01, 2015
How Churches Link Art, Faith and Life
People who know how to make beautiful things with their hands are being welcomed to use their God-given gifts in worship and congregational life.
Feature Story | October 02, 2014
Taka Ashida on Worshiping with the Christian Year
Taka Ashida describes why he recommends worshiping with the Christian Year.
Conversation | October 04, 2013
Howard Vanderwell on Worshiping with the Christian Year
In this edited conversation, Howard Vanderwell describes experiences that led him to create a primer on worshiping with the Christian Year.
Conversation | October 03, 2013
Kevin Soodsma on Worshiping with the Christian Year
Kevin Soodsma describes why he recommends worshiping with the Christian Year.
Conversation | October 03, 2013
Worshiping with the Christian Year: A Primer
This material helps people who know something of the Christian Year, yet have questions about it, and wonder what the benefits might be of considering it more seriously.
Article | October 03, 2013
Lift Up Your Hearts: Revised Common Lectionary Index
Lectionary-based hymn suggestions
Article | August 08, 2013
Thanksgiving Resource Guide
Thanksgiving celebrations were an important part of the people's worship before God. Throughout history, worshiping communities have set aside certain times and days as events of special thanksgiving to God.
Resource Guide | September 14, 2012
Easter Resource Guide
This list of Eastertide resources—including art, music, drama, devotions, liturgies, books, and sermons for the "Great Fifty Days" from Easter Sunday to Pentecost—will help you plan worship to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
Resource Guide | April 05, 2011
Introduction to the Christian Year
We are creatures of time. Throughout the history of the church, Christians have in various ways attempted to put Christ at the center of their personal calendars.
Article | March 10, 2011