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Yes and No: Lent and the Reformed Faith John Witvliet outlines the history of the celebration of Lent and highlights the importance of understanding one's context in discerning how best to celebrate Lent in one's church. Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: John Witvliet Sights and Sounds of Lent: Children's Meditations for the Season Coins, a robe, a basin of water, they can all turn into something special for the season of Lent. One church created children’s Lenten meditations that engage their senses by using these objects and more. Resource type: Drama | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Bernard J. Haan, Jr.
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
Restore the Joy of Salvation On the twenty-seventh day of Lent, Jan Richardson ponders on the topic of joy in Psalm 51:1-12. She asks us to consider the ways in which we can invite God deeper into our spirits. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The Painted Prayerbook | Author: Jan Richardson
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation This resource provides a very helpful introduction to Lent and comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It offers suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey': Start by Asking, 'What's Lent for?' (Part 2 of 2) ... quirk -- the fact that the oft-repeated metaphor “Lent is a journey” irritates him -- and uses the ... on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful... Resource type: Article | Source: Working Preacher | Author: Rolf Jacobson
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Debra Levey Larson
A Lent Discipline for Families: Take Worship Home This article is a collection of activities to incorporate into Lent worship services, encouraging families to participate in one spiritual practice of discipleship at home per week, then sharing the experience as an intergenerational congregation. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Second Sunday in Lent with Children Carolyn Brown offers suggestions for using "a cross and a covenant" to incorporate children into worship on the Second Sunday in Lent. Includes ideas for Genesis 17:1-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Mark 8:31-9:9; and Romans 4:13-25, 8:31-39. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Third Sunday in Lent with Children Carolyn Brown offers suggestions for using "a cross and a covenant" to incorporate children into worship on the Third Sunday in Lent. Includes suggestions for teaching Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; John 2:13-22; and 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Offering Love This blog post looks at Psalm 63, Psalm 103:1-11, Isaiah 55:1-9, Luke 13:1-9, and 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, and draws themes that would connect with children including God's love and daily bread with activity suggestions. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Full Text Hymns on Lent Create in Me a Clean HeartPD
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Hide and Seek with the Alleluia: Observing Lent and Celebrating Easter with Children in Congregational Worship The Lent-Easter stories are the key to faith and the services of Lent-Easter are our high Holy Days, says Carolyn Brown. Children need to be part of them with the entire congregation. Here are some tips. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Lent Call to Worship: Covenant Here’s a responsive call to worship for Lent. It includes references to the covenant promises God made through Noah and Moses. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Act of Confession: Lent 3 B Here’s an act of confession based on the suggested scripture readings for the third Sunday of Lent, Year B. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst First Sunday in Lent with Children Carolyn Brown offers suggestions for introducing children to Old Testament covenants and the season of Lent. Includes practical teaching suggestions and ideas for Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:4-15; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; and 1 Peter 3:18-22. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown A Prayer of Intercession for Lent Written for Lent, this prayer of intercession is also suitable for use on World Communion Sunday, or as a pastoral prayer and/or congregational prayer with response for justice, peace, and reconciliation. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Observing Lent and Easter with Children This blog shares ways to observe Lent and Easter with children focusing on the themes of cross, covenant, listening to Jesus, and prayer based on the Lectionary readings including Mark 1:9-15, 8:31-38; John 2:13-22, 3:14-21, 12:20-33. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Pastoral Prayer: Beginning Lent Lent Prayer/Call to Worship emphasizing Jesus' temptation in the wilderness and our temptations, the need for new life and hearing the voices of those in need, and the Word of God, Christ Jesus. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Lent and the Psalms of Ascent Lent is our annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the passion of Jesus Christ. On this journey the Psalms of Ascent can keep us moving; they can give us perspective to get through gray days. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Carol Hochhalter
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