According to the church calendar, as of March 9, 2011 (or Feb. 22 in 2012), we have entered into the season of Lent which leads to one of the most anticipated and celebrated holidays of Christians around the world – that of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, also known as Easter.
Are you curious about what these holidays are about? Maybe you’ve heard of them, but wonder how some of this related to the expression of evangelical and protestant faith. Maybe you’re a worship leader/pastor, and wondering how you can incorporate some of these things into the worship life of the church you serve.
Well, in order to provide a resource for you, and partially because of the season of transition I’m in I won’t be heavily involved in planning special times together this year, I’ve collected a number of links that I hope will be helpful. I know they have been helpful to me.
(These appear in no particular order of anything…)
What Every Christian Should Know about Ash Wednesday
Holy Days: Ash Wednesday and Lent
This article has lots of background information and practical suggestions.
TeamBuilder: Instrumental Worship and Lent
An example of a Good Friday Community Service
Why Ash Wednesday
Additionally, the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship website offers a number of examples of Ash Wednesday service orders. Head to their resource page, and type “Ash Wednesday” in the search box.
A candid and personal discussion about the application of the Lent season.
The OpenSourcebook site offers a number of readings and adaptable service ideas appropriate for the various parts of the season:
Here are a few posts I’ve done:
Exploring the Journey of Lent
Why Good Friday, Part 1
Why Good Friday, Part 2
Good Friday Service Ideas
Or maybe you would prefer a ink and paper book. I recommend the following two books, which cover the entire Christian year:
Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross
Ancient Future Time by Robert Webber
Finally, if you’re involved with worship planning, this is worth reading:
Easter Planning – Things I’d Do Differently
Let me know of other links that should be a part of the list, and I will be sure to add them.
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012.
The blog Cardiphonia offers a great collection of resources (articles, liturgies, and music) for the season of Lent.
Glenn Packiam offers a great overview of the value of Ash Wednesday, Lent, and the entire Christian year in a blog post at ChurchLeaders.com: 2 Compelling Reasons to Observe Lent
And a selection of additional articles (and a video) from fellow blogger Rob Still: Lent Resources Quick Guide