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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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work Author: Joslyn Ogden Schaefer
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." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson
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
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
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. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel
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 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
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
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
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
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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Worship Author: St. John Chrysostom
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. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Jennifer Woodruff Tait 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Worshiping With Children Author: Carolyn Brown 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 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. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Christine Hribar 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 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.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: ePriest 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 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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