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.
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.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Cross of Wood
A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Repentance and the Work of Christ
C.S. Lewis' quote reflects on the necessity and the nature of repentance, and on the work of Christ in making new life possible.
Full Text Hymns on Repentance
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and NeedyPD
Just as I Am, Without One PleaPD
My hope is built on nothing lessPD
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Repentance - A Lenten Meditation
In this Lenten meditation, Daniel Vestal discusses repentance as good news, despite the widespread opposite opinion. He suggests spiritual practices "to heighten awareness of sin so as to experience God's grace in greater measure."
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.
Repentance and God’s Coming
The beginning of Advent is a time of hope and anticipation. John van de Laar looks these beginning of Advent texts and presents the themes of repentance and the coming of Christ as well as application...
Repentance and Forgiveness
Psalms 65, 84:1-7; Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22; Joel 2:23-32; Luke 18:9-14; and Sirach 35:12-17 all turn us back to "the need for forgiveness, and the necessity for repentance in order to know and receive God’s grace."
A Season of Preparation and Repentance
An article exploring the meaning and context of the season of Lent, showing that Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we ponder our morality and sinfulness and thus our need for Christ.
Repentance of injustice
Reflecting on several scriptures, John van de Laar says that in Ash Wednesday observance, repentance is about not just internal, "spiritual" sins, but also our complicity in injustice through greed, exploitation, defensiveness, lust, etc.