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.
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.
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer....
Full Text Hymns on Heart
Create in Me a Clean HeartPD
Take My HeartPD
Spirit of God, Descend upon My HeartPD
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History of Hymns: “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart”
This offers background and commentary on the 1854 beloved hymn by George Croly (1780-1860): “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart.”
History of Hymns: “Give Me a Clean Heart”
This offers background and commentary on the 1970 Margaret Douroux (b. 1941) hymn, “Give Me a Clean Heart.”
Heaviness of Heart and Conscience
A hymn about forgiveness, "Heaviness of Heart and Conscience," by Terry York to the tune of WEBSTER 220.127.116.11.
The Final Word
If God is all good and all powerful, why is the Church so unchanged? That breaks Mark Labberton's heart, but he has hope that God is not finished with His work.
Don't Lose Heart
This video based on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 shows the business of life and moments of rest and relaxation with a song playing in the background with the theme of not losing heart.
What's mathematical about love? Lisa Nichols Hickman offers a reflection on leadership based on the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:5 & Matthew 22:37) arguing that leadership must have heart, might, and soul, all three, multiplied by one another.
Dorothy Day's Radical Hospitality - Study Guide
Study guide about welcoming and hospitality. Dorothy Day is a witness that hospitality and nonviolence are at the heart of the gospel. Includes liturgical elements and discussion questions.
Following Our Vocation in Organizations
Study Guide / Adult Sunday School lesson about how to participate in organizations with "a caring spirit... [and] a discerning heart." It features Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 and includes liturgical elements and discussion questions.