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Ash Wednesday

Illustrated General Commentaries

  • Ash Wednesday (2015)

    by Owen Griffiths
    ("Ashes are used again in the challenging and frustrating Book of Job. Here the title character immersed himself in the dust and filth of the ash heap—an outward sign of the degradation he experienced through grief and loss...")
  • Ash Wednesday Reminds Us That Salvation Is a Team Sport

    by Terrance Klein
    Tug of war builds teams, because it requires a disparate group of people to pull as one. Their individual strengths are multiplied, and weakness anywhere in the line can be exploited. As any camp counselor knows, if you want strangers to begin to rely on each other, to see that they are all in this together, make them play tug of war.
  • The Beginning of Mending

    by David May
    In Herman Melville’s book Moby-Dick, the narrator, Ishmael, watched with interest the religious obligation of Fasting and Humiliation of his whaling companion Queequeg. While many might have viewed Queequeg’s rituals as strange and even comical, Ishmael did not. He observed in them something universal and says, 'Heaven have mercy on us all . . . for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending'...
  • Ash Wednesday

    from Sacra Conversazione
    These readings and the gospel appointed for the First Day of Lent sound three important themes, and also declare the final destination of this forty day and six Sunday pilgrimage. They specify what act of “penance” the Lord wants– “justice”– with a warning about how not to conduct a season of “penance;” they invite the willing to examine their faults; and they promote reflection on one’s own mortality. And they also announce the purpose of doing these specific things: to see more clearly the Lord’s “steadfast love.” This pilgrimage will take us through the least attractive aspects of our humanity and reach its destination on Easter Eve/Easter Day in front of an empty tomb, the sign of God’s prevailing love.

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RC)

(Resources listed here reference more than one reading and are normally shorter than the resources listed under the individual texts above. If you are looking to link the readings, check these resources.)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2017)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2016)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2013 to 2015)

(Resources listed here reference more than one reading and are normally shorter than the resources listed under the individual texts above. If you are looking to link the readings, check these resources.)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2010 to 2012)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(Archives)

Music Suggestions

Prayers of the People

Worship Resources (2017)

Worship Resources (2016)

Worship Resources (2013 to 2015)

Worship Resources (2010 to 2012)

Worship Resources (Archives)

Powerpoint, Images and Clip Art for Worship

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