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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
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
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? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
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 Lance Ford’s “UnLeader”: Deconstructing what “leadership” has become in the N. American church. A few years ago, I got mad and wrote an incendiary post arguing leadership is not Biblical I was arguing that the word leadership, as now defined by the leadership culture of American church along with... Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch 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 Full Text Hymns on Fasting Again We Keep This Solemn Fast©
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Stupid is Repairable: Growing as Thoughtful Followers of Jesus You can't fix stupid. Or can you? Derek Vreeland offers a hopeful perspective on the process of discipleship that reminds us that the Holy Spirit can renew us to be the best version of ourselves. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Wine and Wineskins This devotional on Matthew 9:17 by Mark D. Roberts considers new wine and new wineskins, suggesting that the newness of being with Jesus is an occasion for feasting, not fasting. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D Roberts 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 The Advent Fast "As we recover and creatively appropriate the tradition of fasting during Advent…we resist the instant gratification, materialism, and gluttony that increasingly characterize cultural holiday celebrations." Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Thomas Turner Getting God's Attention A commentary on Isaiah 58:1-9. "God is concerned with the prosperity of society, with liberation from injustice, with freedom. God’s kind of fasting is breaking bread with the hungry." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Tyler Mayfield Prayer and Fasting You can’t really be a Christian without being religious and all relationships need nurturing to thrive. Join this podcast, discussing prayer and fasting, two ways we can nurture our relationship with God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee
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