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The Call is Urgent Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Olson https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=867 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." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson

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Ash Wednesday Worship Element of Worship by Debra Rienstra http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/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

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Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday Element of Worship by Taylor Burton-Edwards https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/contemporary-service-for-ash-wednesday Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor Burton-Edwards

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A theory of jerks Article by Eric Schwitzgebel http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/if-youre-surrounded-by-idiots-guess-whos-the-jerk/ Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel

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Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation Sermon Starter/Outline http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/lent-planning-guide 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

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Season of Lent Commentary/Exegesis by Luke A. Powery http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=72 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

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I Gave Up Gossip for Lent Article by Dena Dyer https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/i-gave-gossip-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

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Easter Fears Sermon Starter/Outline by Peter W. Marty https://perspectivesjournal.org/blog/2005/04/16/easter-fears/ Reflecting on the Gospel resurrection accounts, Peter Marty maintains that freedom from fear is the most powerful effect of Easter. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Peter W. Marty

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Why Ash Wednesday? Article by Laura Smit http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/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

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Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom Element of Worship by St. John Chrysostom https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1999/paschal-sermon-st-john-chrysostom-4th-century-sermon-still-preached-every-east A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Worship Author: St. John Chrysostom

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Fasting to Enlarge Our Vision of God and Our Role in His Mission Sermon Illustration by Carolyn Brown http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2014/01/year-fifth-sunday-after-epiphany-fifth.html 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

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Full Text Hymns on Fasting Again We Keep This Solemn Fast©
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The Eucharist is the opposite of fast food Article by Terrance Klein https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/07/17/eucharist-opposite-fast-food "Fast food makes only one promise. That it is fast. Christ promises to feed us with food that will last." This article discusses the Eucharist's implications for the culture of the Church. Resource type: Article Source: America Magazine Author: Terrance Klein

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Fasting: A cross-cultural perspective on the season of Lent Article by Eric Sarwar http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/fasting-a-cross-cultural-perspective-on-the-season-of-lent ... in Pakistan regularly practice fasting, with similarities and differences to how their Muslim neighbors fast. Sarwar exhorts the ... Western church, "God’s power through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is ... Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Eric Sarwar

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Fasting with Farmworkers Article by Antonio De Loera-Brust https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2018/03/30/fasting-farmworkers-agricultures-metoo-moment A Florida-based farmworker group led a "Freedom Fast" to draw attention to the epidemic of sexual assault of farmworker women and to the ongoing boycott of the fast-food chain Wendy’s. Useful illustration of seeking social justice. Resource type: Article Source: America Magazine Author: Antonio De Loera-Brust

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Fasting: from the Orthodox front lines Article by Frederica Mathewes-Green https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/fasting-from-the-orthodox-front-lines Frederica Mathewes-Green explains fasting practices in the Orthodox church. In addition to their four yearly fasts, Orthodox people fast on most Wednesdays and Fridays. The practices are communal in nature and help them withstand future sins. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Frederica Mathewes-Green

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Fasting from Tomatoes Article by Christine Hribar https://www.faithandleadership.com/christine-hribar-fasting-tomatoes Christine Hribar shares her experience of eating seasonally as a Lenten discipline. She believes the Lenten practice of fasting can help cultivate the habits this world needs. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Christine Hribar

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Fasting and the Call to Holiness Article by John B. Buescher http://www.hprweb.com/2013/10/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

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Fasting and Feasting Devotional https://www.epriest.com/reflections/view/75 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

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Time of Fasting Commentary/Exegesis https://www.epriest.com/reflections/view/1401/en Fasting evokes a hunger for Jesus' presence and for the souls of others. This daily meditation on Matthew 9:14-15 includes prayers and reflections that remind our hearts of the hunger that makes us sacrifice for others.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: ePriest

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