The Work of Easter - A bulletin insert written by Rev. Joseph Phelps, pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Based on Howard Thurman's The Work of Christmas.
Resources from BPFNA Members
In their message Pressing Into Holy Week, Revs. Rev. Maria Swearingen & Sally Sarratt, pastors of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC, encourage us to recognize the crucifixion and resurrection as acts of resistance.
BPFNA member Mindi Welton-Mitchell has compiled Lent and Easter worship resources on her blog. Click here to access those resources.
BPFNA member Jann Aldredge-Clanton has shared We Are An Easter People and Come, Easter People, Come, Rejoice. Permission is granted to use these hymns in worship, simply be sure to acknowledge Jann. These hymns are from Jann's Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice. Jann has also published: Earth Transformed with Music! and Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians. Click here to order copies of Jann's hymnals.
Long-time member Greg Thomas has two original dramatic pieces for Lent and Easter. You are welcome to use either or both, just be sure to credit Greg.
Here’s a great idea from our friends at Circle of Mercy of how to incorporate Prayer & Politiks into your church life: "Many of us are reading and benefitting from Ken at his poetic, prophetic best. Here is the invitation: to pick one reading from Ken's blog each week of Lent, sit with it, ponder it, pray it, possibly journal about it. Then the next week you pick some other saying to live with for that week. Then, on the Saturday, between Good Friday and Easter Sunday those participating will meet for sharing our Lenten experiences provoked by Ken's blog followed by a light lunch."
Chalice Press produces an annual Lenten devotional. Bulk discounts are available for churches. Click here for this devotional.
The seasonal cycles of winter, spring, summer, and fall are echoed in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The season of Lent, culminating in Holy week, invites those who follow Jesus into a time of deeper reflection on our own seasons of life in the present age. Where is God to be known, encountered and embodied in these turbulent times? How is God revealed in our dreams and visions? Sarah Griffith Lund, author of the acclaimed Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church, takes you through the 40 days of Lent with these stories of the possibilities of our lives, leading to the ultimate redemption and resurrection.
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a friend of BPFNA, has written and compiled these hymns specifically for Lent and Easter 2016. You can also explore her website for MANY more excellent options. If you would like to use one or more of Carolyn's hymns, please contact her at email@example.com for permission and to get a copy of the hymn(s) in MS Word format for bulletin use.
Because He Stood - A hymn by Bret Hesla. Some of you will remember Bret as a musician and workshop leader at BPFNA's Summer Conference at St. Olaf. He's written this beautiful hymn for the Lent and Easter seasons. Click here to listen to the hymn and read its lyrics. At that link you can also download the sheet music and/or a mp3 of the hymn for $1 each. You can also contact Bret at firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent a pdf of the hymn free of charge.