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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. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Working Preacher Author: Rolf Jacobson
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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery
Ash Wednesday A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Marvin A. McMickle
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. Resource type: Image Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Elizabeth Steele Halstead
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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
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
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
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. Resource type: Book Quote Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: C. S. Lewis 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." Resource type: Devotional Source: Day1 Author: Daniel Vestal 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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
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... Resource type: Article Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar 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." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar 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. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr. 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar
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