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 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.
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.
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 ...
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
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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.
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....
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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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."
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.
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.
Clean Out Your Closet!
Jesus’ teaching in these Ash Wednesday lectionary texts from Matthew 6 contrast inward faithfulness with outward appearances. Jesus calls his hearers to righteousness: an inward faithfulness and obedience to the spirit of the law of God....
Hymn: Sound The Alarm, The Lord Is Near
F. Richard Garland's hymn for Ash Wednesday is based on Joel 2:12-16, Isaiah 51:4-6 and Isaiah 58:6-7. It is set to the tune "Orientis Partibus."
Hymn: O God, Be Merciful To Me
This hymn was composed in 2006, and inspired by Psalm 51. It is especially appropriate for Lent and Ash Wednesday. It is set to the tune, CRIMOND.
Sermon Brainwave 402
This podcast is a commentary on the Lectionary readings of Ash Wednesday (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21; Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10) suggesting that reconciliation goes beyond the individual to extend to the communal whole.
Kenyatta Gilbert provides this commentary on Luke 4:1-13 for Ash Wednesday. There is a biblical exegesis, celebration of what Christ has done, descriptive details, and other sermon suggestions.