Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Ash Wednesday: Crisis and Repentance
This podcast considers texts for Ash Wednesday, suggesting the penitential prayer of repentance from Psalm 51 and the communal crisis from Joel 2 as key preaching themes.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra.
Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
... us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when we don ashes and hear the call to return ...
A Blessing in the Ashes
Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands....
The Call is Urgent
A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways."
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
Cross of Wood
A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf.
Full Text Hymns on Ash Wednesday
Dust and Ashes Touch Our FacePD
Create in Me a Clean HeartPD
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty DaysPD
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I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Ash Wednesday: Death to Self
This lectionary resource for Ash Wednesday includes planning tools and sermon notes for Joel's call to repentance, Paul's challenge to be reconciled to God, and Jesus' reminder that acts of piety are not for personal acclaim.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Preaching and worship planning resources for Ash Wednesday, with themes of personal piety, corporate confession, and repentance; focused on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Psalm 51:1–17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, and Matthew 6:1-6, 16–21.
A sermon starter and commentary on Psalm 51 and Romans 7:14-25 by Marvin McMickle for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
This commentary on Isaiah 58:1-12 is for an Ash Wednesday service which is an opportunity to assess, repent (for our inaction and our fearfulness), and recommit to new life.
A Service of Worship for Ash Wednesday
Here is a worship service outline for Ash Wednesday. The service focuses on the themes of sin and death, but also on the redeeming love of God through Christ Jesus.
This lectionary commentary aims to include children in worship on Ash Wednesday. This is done through, having children put ashes on their forehead, using ashes to write out sins, and interpreting selected biblical passages.
William Edward Flippin, Jr., reflects on Ash Wednesday and suggests songs, poetry, and prayer appropriate for an Ash Wednesday service. Participants are encouraged to make use of fasting and prayer to overcome life's hurdles.