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.
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."
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.
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.
A theory of jerks
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.
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
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
Reflecting on the Gospel resurrection accounts, Peter Marty maintains that freedom from fear is the most powerful effect of Easter.
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.
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
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.
Christian History Timeline: Feasting and Fasting
The church has been practicing fasting and feasting for centuries. Jennifer Woodruff Tait shares two timelines that help us understand when and how these practices began.
Full Text Hymns on Fasting
Again We Keep This Solemn Fast©
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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.
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 ...
Fasting from 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.
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.
Time of Fasting
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....
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 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.