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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B)
Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions.
Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10
Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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.
Painful Path, Strong Faith
This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty.
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.
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears
Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts.
Forgiveness Beats Revenge
These statistics show how Americans feel about forgiveness and revenge. An illustration for Proverbs 20:22, which says, "Do not say, 'I’ll pay you back for this wrong!' Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you."
Full Text Hymns on Forgiveness
Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive©
God, How Can We Forgive©
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Forgiveness, Joy, and The Lamb
Forgiveness is a major theme when you look at the texts that involve Paul and Peter on this Sunday, but in addition to those texts we have a Psalm about great joy, and Revelation’s look at...
This commentary on Matthew 18:21-35 considers forgiveness, noting specifically that forgiveness in this parable is 1) extravagant and precious, and 2) reciprocal and reliant.
Forgiveness Is God's Purpose
Study guide on forgiveness. It includes a reflection on Luke 4:14-30, discussion questions, and a departing hymn as well as a leader's guide.
Voices on Forgiveness
"Forgiveness is a journey… we have no control over the end… yet the journey must begin.” Excerpts from many disciplines reflect on the process of forgiveness.
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.
Forgiveness: Taking the Word to Heart
In the article, J. Randall O'Brien explores the question, What is forgiveness? Why is it important (and difficult) for Christians to practice it?
Forgiveness and Freedom
Reflecting on Matthew 18:21-35, David Lose writes that Jesus wants Peter and us to stop counting altogether simply because forgiveness, like love, is inherently and intimately relational rather than legal and therefore cannot be counted.
Forgiveness from the Heart
In Matthew 18:21-35, God is the king, and we are all the servants who owe the king a huge amount. God's forgiveness to us must lead us to have the same mercy with others.