Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
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 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.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
Tisha B'Av, The Story of the Impossible
Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning that falls during the summer, marks the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Debra Darvick discusses how this day can still hold meaning today.
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.
Fasting to Enlarge Our Vision of God and Our Role in His Mission
With Isaiah 58:1-12 as context, Carolyn Brown offers a list of creative illustrations and instruction all designed to teach children the connection between fasting and the mission of God.
This music video explores what God says about "self-centered fasting" based on the text of Isaiah 58.
Full Text Hymns on Fasting
Again We Keep This Solemn Fast©
Abide With MePD
Hymn for Those Who FastPD
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Fasting: A cross-cultural perspective on the season of Lent
... Sarwar describes how Christians in Pakistan regularly practice fasting, with similarities and differences to how their Muslim ... neighbors fast. Sarwar exhorts the Western church, "God’s power through ...
History of Hymns: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”
Catherine Nance discusses John Ylvisaker's 1985 hymn, "Borning Cry," which is unusual in speaking to people from God's perspective, representing both God's transcendence and God's immanence, and capturing the best of traditional and contemporary singing.
Fasting as Feeding on God's Word
This reflection by Paul Kokoski aims to recover the ancient and biblical spiritual discipline of fasting, focusing on fasting as nurturing "an interior disposition to listen to Our Lord and be nourished by his saving word."
Fasting and the Call to Holiness
John Buescher argues that the Catholic Church should strengthen requirements for fasting which have been relaxed in recent times. Fasting is a discipline which "can open up space for God’s grace to enter."
Fasting and Feasting
This devotional based on Matthew 9:14-17 seeks to value the place of fasting in our lives. It includes personal prayers, commentary and application.
Fasting to Focus
A day of prayer and fasting helped a congregation prepare for ministry. The author shares guidelines they used for planning and practicing a time of fasting and prayer as a congregation.