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: Crisis and Repentance
This podcast considers texts for Ash Wednesday, suggesting the penitential prayer of repentance from Psalm 51 and the communal crisis from Joel 2 as key preaching themes.
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.
A Psalm of Thanks and Praise
Psalm 92, arranged in sevens and designated for the Sabbath, motivates our thanks and praise as arising from the sheer delight of recognizing what God has done and that God is indeed in control.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
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."
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.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
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.
A Blessing in the Ashes
Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands....
Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey' Part 2 of 2
In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson uses a personal irritation for the metaphor “Lent is a journey" to reflect on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful season.
Full Text Hymns on Psalms
God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength (Psalm 46)PD
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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.
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
Psalms of Praise
In this video, Rolf Jacobson explains the two functions of the praise psalms: first, as form of testimony, and second, as a form of direct communication with God.
A visual liturgy video based on Psalm 51, a psalm of confession.
This video features music by Matt Hammon and footage of people sleeping, eating, and walking outside while the words of Psalm 84 scroll across the screen.
Psalm 30 helps us remember two things. First that self-sufficiency isn't all it's cracked up to be; David warns against it specifically for separating us from God. Second that joy comes in the morning, breaking darkness.
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-9
Psalm 80, according to this sermon, is a song of lost and mourned identity. It is specifically 'rooted' in land, crops and soil, all of which can serve as metaphors for preaching.