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Ash Wednesday

Lectionary Planning Helps for Ash Wednesday 2016

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Why do we begin Lent with such a stark reminder of death as Ash Wednesday? Precisely because we are, during this season, preparing ourselves, and some among us, to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant more faithfully. And baptism is about death first...

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Planning for Lent and Easter as Season of Discipling 2016

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This webinar will help your congregation use the 2016 readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year C) as a foundation for offering the same processes of formation in living the Christian life, learning core Christian teaching, and preparing for a life of ministry in Christ's name and the Spirit's power.

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A SERVICE OF WORSHIP FOR ASH WEDNESDAY

Liturgy

Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter: we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith. The form and content of the service focus on the dual themes of sin and death in the light of God's redeeming love in Jesus Christ. Depending upon circumstances, this service may be held (1) early in the morning, before the work and school day begin; (2) at noontime, perhaps observing a fast with the deletion of the regular noon meal; or (3) early in the evening, perhaps following a shared sacrificial meal of bread and water.

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When Did United Methodists Start the “Imposition of Ashes” on Ash Wednesday?

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While many think of actions such as the imposition of ashes, signing with the cross, footwashing, and the use of incense as something that only Roman Catholics or high church Episcopalians do, there has been a move among Protestant churches, including United Methodists, to recover these more multisensory ways of worship. 

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Prayers for Ash Wednesday

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Purifying Mystery, your light exposes in us all that we hide.Awaken us and all your Holy Church to spiritual combat. 

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Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday

Article

In 2010, I received a request for a “contemporary” Ash Wednesday service. This was a first for this office, to my knowledge. Typically, we’ve commended using the ritual in the Book of Worship because it does what this service needs to do and because it does so using highly ecumenically recognizable language and symbols and standard United Methodist resources.

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Prayer for the Days Between Transfiguration and Ash Wednesday

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Alleluia! You are the God of glory and might.Alleluia! In the face of death and evil you reveal your true glory. 

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Smudges on the Soul: A Meditation for Ash Wednesday

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I would rather wear the smudge on my forehead than to admit its residence upon my soul. I prefer a crude cross above my eyes to questions about runny mascara and smudged liner. 

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Making Ash Wednesday Accessible for Children

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Ash Wednesday can be among the most accessible of rituals in our liturgy for children and their families, IF it's not handled in a "stuffy" or overly formalistic way. The symbols involved are basic and very tangible. Children get this!  

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Ash Wednesday Reflections: The Acknowledgement of Sin

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People of the Bible grappled with the concept of individual sin as well as that of corporate sin. Sometimes their prayers were for individual sin(s); and at other times, they all stood and confessed that their country had sinned. 

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A Corporate Prayer of Confession for Ash Wednesday

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O, God, when we pause to look back at our lives on this Ash Wednesday, we realize that we have been weighed in the balance and found wanting. 

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Chuck Knows Ash Wednesday

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Ever seen a little smudge mark on someone's forehead as they walk out of church? That's a sign of the cross, and it means it's Ash Wednesday during Lent. Chuck, Discipleship Ministries's humorous philosopher and knower of church things, tells you about this important worship service in this episode from the series Chuck Knows Church.

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Music for Ash Wednesday

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Music scores in Sibelius and pdf for Ash Wednesday.

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Changer:  A Prayer Poem for Ash Wednesday

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Cover me with ashes,
the thick-smoke soot of the earth.
Make my breathing like the journey
from death into life -- second by second,
prayer by prayer. 

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Ash Wednesday Litany of Reconciliation and Litany Leading to Prayer

Liturgy

We who are weary come home.  Come home from sin and home from shame. Come home from dishonor and home from disdain. Come home to be made whole, come home for nourishment of the soul.  

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Ash Wednesday Video

Article

Simplicity and spareness, quiet and focus: These are the atmospheric touchstones for the Ash Wednesday service.  The ritual in the current Book of Worship offers the shape for this service that has been kept worldwide for centuries. No sermon is needed here. Perhaps the briefest of homilies, perhaps even just a series of words, as in this simple video by Greg Feightner. 

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Lent 101

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Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.

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