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Everyday Contemplative

The Way of Prayerful Living  
L. Roger Owens
What does it mean to live a contemplative life? How does someone become contemplative? Does being contemplative mean sitting around thinking about God all day? Does it require living a simple or even austere life, like a monk or a nun? Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. God may be found just as easily in an office cubicle, a donut shop, or a laundry room as in a m...

Unrevealed Until Its Season

A Lenten Journey with Hymns  
James C. Howell
Author James Howell believes in the power of song to teach spiritual truths. "Hymns embed faith into the marrow of the soul," he writes. In Unrevealed Until Its Season, Howell takes us on a 40-day journey through well-loved hymns. A meaningful Lenten devotional guide for individuals and small groups, Unrevealed Until Its Season is also a valuable resource and perfect gift for musicians as they prepare for worship, and for ministers as they lead worship. Weekly themes include Praising God, H...

From Dry Bones to Living Hope

Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life  
Missy Buchanan
Though the shadow side of aging is a reality, author Missy Buchanan brings spiritual light and nourishment to people in the later years of life. Older adults struggle with chronic pain and diminished physical abilities. They contend with losses that pile up like the dry bones in the prophet Ezekiel's vision—the loss of loved ones and friends, the loss of their home and belongings, the loss of independence, and the loss of purpose. In a culture that values youth more than age, older adults oft...

Good News of Great Joy

Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke  
Max O. Vincent
It's hard to imagine Advent or Christmas without music, and that goes beyond popular carols and handbells. Author Max Vincent invites readers to discover the music in the biblical story of Christmas. Four canticles ("little songs") precede, announce, and celebrate the birth of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. These canticles invite readers to pause and consider the deeper meaning of the events surrounding his birth. In Good News of Great Joy, 24 daily readings explore the context, content, and s...

Launching a New Worship Community

A Practical Guide for the 2020s  
Craig Gilbert, Paul Nixon
For many churches, the call to make disciples comes with a realization that the church's current worship opportunities do not reach certain groups in their surrounding community. New worship services offer the most promising strategy for renewing established churches and planting new worship communities. In a post-pandemic world, churches will be challenged to reach new people with the gospel and to help them meet in a way that is meaningful to them. Accessible to ministry professionals and ...

Vivir con propósito en la vejez

Aliento espiritual para personas de la tercera edad  
Missy Buchanan
«¿Por qué sigo aquí? ¿Por qué Dios me deja sufrir tanto tiempo?» La fragilidad, la dependencia y el dolor constante pueden conducir a la desesperanza espiritual en las personas adultas mayores. Aunque de vez en cuando nos inspiran las noticias sobre un extraordinario cumpleaños numero cien, es más común afligirse a medida que los seres queridos se debilitan. Con compasión y honestidad, Buchanan da voz a las personas que tienen que depender de otras para que les ayuden en las tareas diarias. ...

For the Common Good

Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts  
Christine Harman
For the Common Good reminds us that the Holy Spirit gives each Christian one or more spiritual gifts to be used for the common good. It guides readers to discover their own particular gifts and learn to use their gifts to serve others. Examining key passages in Paul's writings, author Christine Harman leads readers through a personal spiritual gift assessment. She names 20 distinct spiritual gifts—including discernment, compassion, and evangelism—and helps people explore scripture reference...

Whom Shall I Fear?

Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence  
Rosalind C. Hughes
Churches are not immune to violence, as we have seen from shootings at houses of worship across the nation. The challenge for faith communities is how to respond to potential violence. Whom Shall I Fear? asks congregational leaders to examine whether their operational and security policies are consistent with gospel values. It raises common themes in approaches to church security and looks at them in the light of scripture. Whom Shall I Fear? provides thought-provoking reflections on topics...

Chrysalis Team Manual

Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis
New with updates to team structure, the Chrysalis Team Manual supports all team members for a Chrysalis weekend. Each member of the Conference Room Team and Background Team needs a copy of this manual. The updated team structure emphasizes servant leadership and youth and adults serving side-by-side. This manual will prove especially helpful during the weeks of team formation leading up to a Chrysalis weekend; it includes information about how to prepare for and lead the weekend. The Chrysali...

Chrysalis Worship Booklet, Fourth Edition

Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis
Every Chrysalis participant needs a copy of the latest edition of the worship booklet, which contains An explanation of Chrysalis Prayers used during the Chrysalis weekend, such as the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, prayers for mealtimes, and other prayers (The Lord's Prayer, The Prayer of St. Francis, John Wesley's Covenant Prayer, The Apostles' Creed, and others) Song texts ("Jesus, Jesus"; "Sing Alleluia to the Lord"; "De Colores") An outline for a Next Steps meeting A traditional Communion ...