Repent and Resist - Ash Wednesday

Created by Great Plains Conference. Free to use or adapt

Use all of these resources or just one for a time of silent prayer or corporate worship. A service of Ashes is also included.

Lent is a season of forty days (not counting Sundays) of repentance, penitence, and fasting that begins on Ash Wednesday. Traditionally during this season, Christians enter a time of deep self-examination and introspection. This year, Ash Wednesday is on 02/26/2020, which happens to be the one-year anniversary of the passage of the traditional plan. We take this opportunity to repent of harm we have caused, intended and unintended, as individuals and as a Church.

The Great Plains Conference has developed prayer and worship guides for every hour of Ash Wednesday from 8:00 A.M-5:00 P.M.  Go to our Repent and Resist page at http://www.collegehillumc.org/chum-outreach/repent-and-resist download one or more of the guides (each one is different).  You are welcome to use these and adapt these for your context.

Recent Updates

March 22-28
Merciful God, do not turn away from me, for I am in pain. Hateful and deadly words and actions are being hurled against your LGBTQ children, while too many people stand silently by. I hold fast to your promise that you are never far from those who are suffering. Draw near -- and transform me! […]
March 15-21
Gracious and merciful God, you summon us when we are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and then you promise rest. But there are days when we are waiting for healing and redemption, when the Spirit groans alongside us, and we don’t know how to pray. We can’t find the words, and yet we hold on […]
March 8-14
God, we find ourselves in a time of great sorrow. Give us the gift of tears that moves us beyond sadness into compassion. Inspire and empower us not only to cry about others but also to weep with them. Teach us to lament, so that we do more than regret our circumstances; we resolve to […]
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February Worship Planning Worksheet
We invite you to incorporate the work of resisting harm into the worship life of your church or group.  This worksheet is a tool for use by individuals or groups, as a starting point for finding ways to incorporate #ResistHarm into regular Sunday worship, small group meetings, or vigils and special services; it includes some starting points, […]
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Liturgy from enfleshed
With a commitment to spiritual and theological depth and the centering of marginalized experiences, conversations, and communities, enfleshed seeks to provide liturgy, devotionals, curriculum, preaching, training, and pastoral care that addresses honestly, tenderly, and directly, the beauty and pain of living enfleshed lives.
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Songs for the Holy Other
The Hymn Society has edited and shares this free volume of hymns affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Visit their site to download.
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