Ash Wednesday

Created on December 26th, 2012
Just Add Oil (Ash Wednesday)

Just Add Oil (Ash Wednesday)

By Betsy Hall
If you've planned your first Ash Wednesday worship, congratulations! Let me give you a piece of advice that I wish someone had given me. If you must add a small amount of liquid …
Ash Wednesday: Beginning of the Lenten Journey

Ash Wednesday: Beginning of the Lenten Journey

By Nancy Ferguson
Ash Wednesday: The Beginning of Lent The church season of Lent is marked by the bookends of Ash Wednesday on one side and Easter on the other. Lent gives Christians the…
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

By Lib Campbell
Read Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The woman at the cash register stared at the black smudge on my forehead as I swiped my credit card. Curiosity finally got the better of her…
A New Start

A New Start

By Angela Roberts Jones
Read Psalm 51 Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me! Please don’t throw me out of your presence; please don’t take your holy…
The Journey of Lent

The Journey of Lent

By Kasey Hitt
Lent: A Yearly Reminder of the Daily Call to Come Home is a series of seven writings that incorporate guided imagery, prayer, and questions to use in worship or in your small…
Preparing for Lent and Ash Wednesday

Preparing for Lent and Ash Wednesday

By Kasey Hitt
Lent: A Yearly Reminder of the Daily Call to Come Home is a series of seven writings that incorporate guided imagery, prayer, and questions to use in worship or in your small…
Lent Displays for Teaching and Worship

Lent Displays for Teaching and Worship

By Kasey Hitt, Betsy Hall, Peggy Jennings
The Lent and Easter stories can become so familiar that they become rote. Yet, Lent can be a time of tremendous spiritual growth and a deepening commitment to live as disciples of …
Quick Links for Lent

Quick Links for Lent

By Ministry Matters
We've created bins to make planning for Lent and Easter easier for you. Share the links with your worship planning team or small group leaders. If you've never celebrated Lent…
Taking Ash Wednesday Public

Taking Ash Wednesday Public

By Emily Case
Sometimes making a difference is as simple as trying something new. As simple as stepping outside our comfort zone and trying. As simple as going to Starbucks. Ash Wednesday has…
Terrified!

Terrified!

By Randy Horick
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for the next forty days (not counting Sundays). Christians around the world will remember Jesus’ sacrifice by giving up something, …
Blinding Light into Lent

Blinding Light into Lent

By Clifton Stringer
The harshest and most unwelcome light I can recall woke me up at 6 AM in Brownsville, TX during the mission trips on which my church sent the middle school youth group. Lights…
Standing in the Footsteps

Standing in the Footsteps

By Missy Buchanan
At last year’s Ash Wednesday service, my husband and I sat behind an older couple who had been our friends since we first joined the church thirty years before. The elderly…
Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

By Nancy C. Townley
CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: Let all the inhabitants of the earth tremble, for the Lord is near! P: Have mercy upon us, O Lord. L: The night of darkness is upon us - …
Confession and Prayer (Psalm 51)

Confession and Prayer (Psalm 51)

By Tracey Allred
It is said that confession is good for the soul. Although I know this is true, I’m not sure that my five-year-old son would agree. Confession is a challenge for him. For…
3 Perfect Songs for Ash Wednesday

3 Perfect Songs for Ash Wednesday

By Jessica Miller Kelley
Crazy as it sounds, I love Ash Wednesday. Partially, I think, because it seems like such a mystical, old-world observance.  Bowing my head to receive a cross of ashes while…
Dust

Dust

By Jessica Miller Kelley
I often say Ash Wednesday is my favorite liturgical holiday. I discovered the wonder and beauty of high-church worship in college. Admittedly, this took several months of steady…
5 Themes for Ash Wednesday

5 Themes for Ash Wednesday

By Lucy Lind Hogan
Every year on the Wednesday six and-a-half weeks before Easter Day, the church, the body of Christ, once again sets off on its Lenten journey. While we know that the cross, and…
The Invisible Cross

The Invisible Cross

By Adam Thomas
For many years, I became queasy at the thought of having ashes scraped across my forehead — not because they are a reminder of my own mortality, not because I dislike…
Sermon Starter for Ash Wednesday: Blood and Dust

Sermon Starter for Ash Wednesday: Blood and Dust

By Jessica Miller Kelley
Last Ash Wednesday, I gave blood for the first time since before becoming pregnant with my daughter almost two years earlier. My father and his mother are/were big blood donors…
When God Becomes Small

When God Becomes Small

By Phil Needham
Deep inside each one of us is a deep empty space. We work and strive with great energy toward ideals and objectives that, in the quiet of the night, when we are alone with our…
Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

From Forbid Them Not
A/LENT/AW ASH WEDNESDAY Note: The readings for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are repeated in each of the three cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary. In this series, Year A…
Ash Wednesday and Lent

Ash Wednesday and Lent

From Just in Time
Ash Wednesday and Lent Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. On this day we recognize our mortality and come before God with repentance. Historically, Lent is a …
B. Ash Wednesday

B. Ash Wednesday

From New Handbook of the Christian Year
B. Ash Wednesday GATHERING In silence and meditation If a brief exposition of the service is necessary, it may be done quietly during this time, allowing for a return to silence …
SIGN OF THE CROSS.

SIGN OF THE CROSS.

From Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling
SIGN OF THE CROSS. The marking of persons or objects with the primary symbol of the Christian faith has a long history within the church. In the Apostolic Tradition (ca. 2 15…