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Lent and Holy Week Media Suggestions

  • Forty DaysA visual journey through the desert of Lent HERE.
  • Marching from Pain to Possibility - A 6-film series on the journey from woundedness to wholeness HERE.
  • Becoming - A 5-film visual contemplative series HERE.
  • Loops Bundle - For worship backdrops during the Lenten season, consider our 20 Loop Lent Bundle HERE.
  • The Psalmist’s Cry is a 5 film session on lament with Walter Brueggemann. Check it out HERE.
  • The Way of the Heart - !0 stations with reflections, meditations, and blessings HERE.

Here are a few scripture-driven visual liturgy pieces and reflections to consider for Lent:

  • Remember That You Are Dust/ Ash Wednesday - Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return, so wait for deliverance. Check it out HERE .
  • Never Alone/Lent One - Jesus promised another way, back to lush lands, a place where we be together with the One who never left us alone. Check it out HERE 
  • Away From Home/Lent Two - God sent us away from home...To the place of our new birth...A place where we will one day feel at home again. Check it out HERE 
  • Oasis/Lent Three - The waters that call us to this place come from eternal springs flowing forth from a distant garden to spring forth from the heart so we might do the work of the one who sent us, work full and filling - work that sends us forward to our awaited future. Check it out HERE 
  • Leaving Ourselves At The Altar/Lent Four - hen we run away, goodness and mercy pursue us with tenacious love across distant lands to piece together the shards of life - making us one again. Check it out HERE 
  • Watering Dry Bones/ Lent FIve - Outside the grave Jesus was weeping, not for Lazarus, but for our not being able to see the place outside the grave - Unable to know the love that is present, the life that is before us, in flesh and blood, our eyes, unwrapped. Check it out HERE 
  • Scattered Palms/Palm Sunday - They did not turn an ear to him, but made of their hearts a stone and rejected him, broke him over the rock of all their hopes and fears - Trampled palms. Check it out HERE .
  • Where The Light Ends/ Good Friday - Bashed and bloodied, But bones not broken. He spoke his final words - “It is finished,” completed - It was all he could do for us, To pour out himself for people who made a mockery of his life...He hung his head …. Check it out HERE  .
  • My Joy Is Gone - From Jeremiah 8, "My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me." Music by Kendall Payne. www.kendallpayne.com. Check it out HERE.
  • Strength From Weakness - From 2 Corinthians 12, "My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness." Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. Music by Page CXVI. www.pagecxvi.com. Check it out HERE .
  • Wait With Patience - From Romans 8, We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Check it out HERE .
  • Perfectly Fitted - From Luke 6, "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh." Music by Lori Chaffer from the album Songs From the Voice: Volume 2 (Thomas Nelson). www.hearthevoice.com. Check it out HERE.
  • Fear No Evil - From Psalm 23 - The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff - they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. Check it out HERE .
Here are a few films with teachers, theologians, authors and practitioners to consider for Lent:

  • Crucified With Christ - NT Wright on curing our disease of death by handing over our lives over to Christ. Check it out HERE .
  • Pain And Marching - Pain that is given voice is pain that is empowered. Pain that is tranquilized and privatized is made into a commodity of guilt. Some thoughts from Walter Brueggemann and Peter Block. Check it out HERE .
  • Give Up And Die - Aaron Edwards talks about his condition, “The Suicide Disease,” and surrendering to Jesus. Check it out HERE .
  • Finding God In Grief - It's hard to sing "Our God is an awesome God" when you're shopping for clothes for a baby funeral. Grandmother Jean Estes shares her story of grief and gratitude. Check it out HERE .
  • Pain And Theology - Ruth Padilla Deborst on the relationship between pain and theology. Check it out HERE .
  • Go Deeper - Do you see yourself as Jesus in the Story? Glennon Doyle Melton, author of the NYT Bestselling Carry On, Warrior and founder of Momastery.com, on the unifying nature of personal truth telling from the deeper stories in our lives. Is your community a place of "empty camaraderie and inward loneliness?" Go deep, grieve and connect. Check it out HERE .
  • This Is Not The End - "Christianity doesn't ignore the pain in the world, it goes through it and provides hope beyond." Dwight Peterson on anger and pain. Check it out HERE .
  • Enlarge Life - Jean Vanier on growth based on the capacity of your heart to be broken. Check it out HERE .
  • Gotta Surrender To Receive - Zach Joy and his buddy Will talk about life after death. Check it out HERE  .
  • Lent And Dying To Yourself - Author and historian Diana Butler Bass talks about Lent and dying to yourself. Check it out HERE  .
  • Welcome To The Human Race - Parker Palmer on the unifying power of acknowledging our weakness in community. Check it out HERE .
  • Smashing Idols Through Pain - Can you trust that what comes into your life is for you? Barbara Brown Taylor on breathing in pain. Check it out HERE .
  • Deny Yourself - Does our addiction to militarism, consumerism and entertainment reflect Jesus' call? Pastor and former editor of Sojourners magazine Joyce Hollyday invites to create systems of mass construction, not mass destruction. Check it out HERE .
  • Powerlessness - Powerlessness is not a weakness, it's the wound the sets the journey into motion. There is a power that is benevolent and on your side. God longs to nurture you. Get ready to come to the end of your own resources. God is not holding your over a fire like a spider. God is your Father watching and waiting for the first sign of your return...Waiting with a ring, robe...and a party. Check it out HERE .
  • Preparing For More - Lent is not about scarcity, it's about preparing us for more...for resurrection. Dale Ryan invites us to gift up shame for lent and prepare ourselves, as it says in Ezekiel 36, for a new heart of flesh. Check it out HERE .
  • Into The Darkness - Parker Palmer talks about going down and in the darkness versus going around it. Check it out HERE .
  • Jesus Wept - Author Brene Brown on why the church should be more like a midwife than an epidural. Check it out HERE .
  • Broken Is The Beginning - Glennon Doyle Melton, author of the NYT Bestselling Carry On, Warrior and founder of Momastery.com, encourages not to avoid the pain that comes our way in life, but instead, to allow yourself "to be burnt in order to be light." Check it out HERE.
  • Fuel For ForgivenessMaybe suffering is what fuels forgiveness...and mercy and peacemakers and patience and love. Check it out HERE.
  • The Threat Of Resurrection - Is life hidden just under the surface of death? Parker Palmer on death-dealing vs. life-leading. Check it out HERE.
  • Death and Transformation - Richard Rohr on the transformation that comes from dying to our own egos and formulas. Check it out HERE .

Here are a few ideas for Palm Sunday and Good Friday:

  • From Palms To The Cross - Palm Sunday: John 12. How can a group of people change so much in five days? On Sunday Jesus was welcomed and adored. On Friday He was cursed and crucified. This sharp juxtaposition exposes our own tendencies to “bless our Lord… and curse our neighbor.” Check it out HERE . 
  • Motivated By Love Good Friday Experience - Motivated By Love is a four-film Good Friday experience with four films, four loops, and accompanying confession/prayers. Begin each pieces/movements with a gospel reading, followed by a prayer. Also consider having canvases and paper available on the perimeter of the room for people to write/draw their sin and paste it on the canvas as a confession. The flow of the service should be: video, corresponding liturgy, and a song 4x. Check it out HERE .
  • Die And Be Raised - Walter Breuggemann on Lent, Good Friday, Easter and the "shutdown" of the way it used to be. Check it out HERE  . 
  • Crucified Identities - Peter Rollins on new communities birthed through new identities. Check it out HERE . 
  • Divine Sorrow - NT Wright talks about the recent death of his father the hope Christians should have and practice at a funeral. Check it out HERE . 
  • Trauma - Are we avoiding the trauma of doubt? Are we missing out on life by not experiencing the trauma of the cross? Writer Peter Rollins reflects. (www.peterrollins.net) Music by Aaron Strumpel. Check it out HERE .
  • Fear No Evil - From Psalm 23 - The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff - they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. Check it out HERE .
  • Psalm 22 - “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” This psalm of David is a meditation on the loneliness each one of us has felt. Christ identifies with us in our suffering and has asked his Father the same hard questions. Check it out HERE .

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