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.
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.
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.
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.
Praise the Eternal
"Praise the True God inside His temple. Praise Him beneath massive skies, underneath moonlit stars and rising sun." A call to worship inspired by Psalm 150, appropriate for Easter or year-round.
This commentary on Psalm 147:12-20 talks about praise, suggesting we praise God who works in history, sing to the God who is at work in nature, and praise God who visits the earth with his Word.
Why Do We Praise the Lord?
Mark D. Roberts reflects on Psalm 96:3-4 and why it is that we praise God. Praise is a response to his greatness; because he is great, God is utterly worthy of all honor and praise.
God's Faithfulness and the Praise of the Nations
This responsive call to worship is based on Psalm 67:1-3, and acknowledges God's faithfulness and the praise of the nations.
Full Text Hymns on Praise
Praise God From Whom All Blessings FlowPD
Praise to the Lord, the AlmightyPD
Praise Him! Praise Him!PD
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Call to Worship / Prayer: Praise the Lord!
This call to worship/prayer written by John Birch reminds us to give thanks and praise for God's glory and power.
This sermon illustration combines Psalm 65:1-2, 148:1-4 with a book quote from Frederick Buechner. In this quote, Buechner encourages us to learn how to praise God by observing how creation praises the creator.
Praise God, all creation
Commenting on Psalm 148, Jerome Creach discusses the various elements of creation that praise God. Humans praise God along with the rest of creation as part of their dominion over the earth.
Litany of Praise: The Whole World in Praise
This is a litany of praise based closely on Psalm 67 that envisions the whole world coming to know and worship God.
Praise to God who Knows All
This commentary on Psalm 139 suggests the Psalm combines praise of, appeal to, and wisdom meditation on the God who knows all and who encompasses all.
Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow (Lasst Uns Erfreuen)
The hymn "Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow," text by Thomas Ken, with the tune LASST UNS ERFREUEN harmonized by Ralph Vaughan Williams, in a version with chord symbols for keyboardists, guitarists, etc.