Mar 12, 2011

Video suggestions for Lent

If your congregation uses video in worship, here are a few you might want to consider using during Lent.

The Work of the People (TWOTP) offers a wide selection of short videos, loops and stills.  Check out Lent and Dying to Yourself, a short conversation with author and historian Diana Butler Bass on what it means to ‘die to oneself.’

Tempted by the Devil, is a video presentation based on Scripture (Isaiah 40, Matthew 4, Matthew 6, Mark 1, Luke 4, Luke 11) set to a Gregorian chant melody.

Individual videos at The Work of the People cost $15 to download, or you can purchase a package of 10 videos for $50.  If you use video extensively in worship, you might want to consider becoming a member (1-year unlimited downloads for $250). 

The entire 2011 Lent Film Volume is also available ($20).  It includes:
Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51 & Window Reflection Loop
First Sunday In Lent: Tempted By The Devil & Tempted Loop
Second Sunday In Lent: Psalm 121 & Psalm 121 Loop
Third Sunday In Lent, March 7: A Spring Within
Fourth Sunday In Lent: Psalm 23 & Man Walking In City Loop
Fifth Sunday In Lent, March 21: Palm 130 & Man Walking Through City 2 Loop
Liturgy Of The Palms: Palms To The Cross & Palms To The Cross Loop

If you’re exploring the temptations of Christ this season, I’d also highly recommend a YouTube video I came across.  It’s a set of 40 cartoons by UK cartoonist Simon Smith.  A  number of people have set the cartoons to music and posted them on YouTube.  They’re a great way to re-imagine the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, and the temptations he endured there.

Here are two versions you might consider: