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.
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."
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.
Sadie, the Prayer Dog
Commenting on Luke 13:1-9, Alyce McKenzie encourages us to heed the parable’s urgent call to repentance - and not miss out on joy!
The Bad News is Part of the Good News
In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding the Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
The Power of Persistence, Part 2
Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, elucidating the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-deprecation that keeps us from trusting God to work.
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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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.
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.
Are you ready to turn around and leave? Brian Weatherdon uses a one-road town called Wabush, Canada to illustrate repentance. Appropriate for Isaiah 55:7, Matthew 3:2, Luke 13:3 and other similar passages on repentance.
Repentance and Trust
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 and Luke 13:1-9 call us back to repentance, and Isaiah 55:1-9 with Psalm 63:1-8 promise and express trust in deliverance. These four passages bring us back to the core of our faith.
This commentary on Matthew 3:1-12 talks about repentance, and suggests preaching that calls people back to the Lord and to the amendment of their lives.
Repentance and the Hope of the Messiah
Although repentance doesn't always sit well with modern society, these reflections on various texts, including Matthew 4:12-23, remind us it was exactly what the Hebrew Scriptures hoped the Messiah would bring among his people.
The Work of Repentance
Repentance is an ongoing process of turning to God and then readjusting our life’s course so that we conform to his will. A sermon starter on Genesis 33 by Bill Sytsma.
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...