Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
History of Hymns: “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive”
This offers background and commentary on the 1966 hymn by Rosamond E. Herklots (1905-1987): "Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive."
History, Forgiveness and the Internet
In this article, Charles Hambrick-Stowe reflects on history and forgiveness on the internet, suggesting that the internet never forgets, but God always stands ready to forgive.
Full Text Hymns on Forgiveness
Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive©
God, How Can We Forgive©
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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.
Word, Sacrament, Forgiveness and Praise
In this video, Nadia Bolz-Weber asserts that the Church, defined as a place where the gospel, sacraments, and forgiveness of sins are practiced and proclaimed, is not dying. Bolz-Weber also meditates on worship from Psalm 148.
"How often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?" This video focuses on Matthew 18 and the idea of forgiving those who have sinned against us. The images are of those who have...
You Are Forgiven
In this video, Kelly Ann Hall offers a visual benediction of grace, love, and forgiveness inspired by Luke 7:36-8:3. (Length: 03:50)
Forgiveness & Gratitude
In this sermon starter for Luke 7:36-50, David Lose explores the far reaching ramifications of forgiveness in the story of the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears.
A worship service video on the theme of forgiveness based on Matthew 5:38-48. It also includes a service outline.