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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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery
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. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Dena Dyer
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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries
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. Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: Debra Darvick 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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Worshiping With Children Author: Carolyn Brown True Fasting This music video explores what God says about "self-centered fasting" based on the text of Isaiah 58. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: The Work of the People Full Text Hymns on Fasting Again We Keep This Solemn Fast©
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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 ... Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Eric Sarwar 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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Catherine Nance 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." Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Paul Kokoski 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." Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: John B. Buescher 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. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest 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. Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Reformed Worship Author: Jeffrey Carlson
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