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.
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.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
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.
This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness.
Full Text Hymns on Worship
Majesty, Worship His Majesty©
O Worship the KingPD
Here I Am to Worship©
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Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
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.
Advent in the Marketplace
Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of...
History of Hymns: “At the Font We Start Our Journey”
This offers background and commentary on the Jeffrey Rowthorn (b. 1934) hymn, "At the Font We Start Our Journey," which is devoted to four symbols of Christian worship—font, pulpit, altar, and door.
Worship Service - Suffering and Hope
David Bridges offers a worship service about suffering and hope, based on the book of Job; the congregation is in the position of Job and readers give the speeches of his "friends."
History of Hymns: “In the Desert, On God’s Mountain”
This offers background and commentary on Susan Cherwien's contemporary worship song: “In the Desert, On God’s Mountain.” A paraphrase of Exodus 3:1-4:17 and 34:29–35, it witnesses the encounter between God and Moses at the Burning Bush.
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.