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Ash Wednesday — Cycle A

Sermons for Ash Wednesday
Village Shepherd (1 items)
The nature of sin by Janice Scott
Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


SermonStudio (18 items)
Spirituality Made Simple? from THE POWER OF DARKNESS
Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by DURWOOD L. BUCHHEIM
Fasting: Foolish or Fraitful? from Cross Purposes
Sermon on Matthew 6:16-18 by John R. Brokhoff
Come Clean from Sermons On The First Readings
Sermon on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Charles D. Reeb
The Piety That Isn't from CHANNELING GRACE
Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by CARL L. JECH
Rejoice! It's Lent from Mysterious Joy
Sermon on Joel 2:1-2, 12-19 by Richard Carl Hoefler
The Pitfalls Of Practicing Piety from THE GREATEST WONDER OF ALL
Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by John M. Braaten
Fasting In A Fast-food World from A 'NEW AND IMPROVED' JESUS?
Sermon on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a by BARBARA BROKHOFF
Escape From The Island Of Spiritual Sloth from Sermons On The Gospel Readings
Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Frank G. Honeycutt
The Ash Connection from Sermons On The Second Readings
Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 by Dallas A. Brauninger
With All Your Heart from Deformed, Disfigured, And Despised
Sermon on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
Living Horizontally from Living Vertically
Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by John N. Brittain
"Lord, I'm Coming Home" from Hope For The Weary Heart
Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 by Henry F. Woodruff
Trumpet Medley from Sermons on the First Readings
on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by David Kalas
Show Me Your Credentials from Sermons on the Second Readings
on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 by Steven E. Albertin
There's Still Time from Sermons on the Gospel Readings
on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Frank Ramirez
The Hard Sell from Sermons on the Gospel Readings
on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Donald Charles Lacy
Triumphing Over Obstacles from Sermons on the Second Readings
on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 by Richard E. Gribble, CSC
Ashes And Bugs from Sermons on the First Readings
on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Frank Ramirez


StoryShare (3 items)
Lincoln and Lentstories on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Psalm 51:1-17 by John Fitzgerald
Sound the Alarmstories on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Psalm 51:1-17 by Sandra Herrmann C. David McKirachan
Ashes For RememberingStories on Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2 Exodus 34:29-35 Psalm 99 by John S. Smylie Frank R. Fisher


Children's material for Ash Wednesday
CSSPlus (12 items)
An acceptable time — Children's Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Don't sound a trumpet — Children's Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Put on ashes — Children's Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
What's a hypocrite? — Children's Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
God's time — Children's Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Human holograms — Children's Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
"Human holograms" — Children's Activity on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Obstacles — Children's Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
Four rules — Children's Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Four rules — Children's Activity on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
What Is Lasting — Children's Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Your Greatest Treasurer — Children's Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

SermonStudio (3 items)
God's Mercy from Story Time At The Altar
Children's Sermon on Psalm 51:1-17 by Elaine M. Ward
Forgiveness Of Sins from ... Let the Children Come
Children's Sermon on Jeremiah 31:31-34 1 John 1:7 Psalm 51:1 by Robert B. Lantz
Whiter Than Snow from Sunflowers, Sparrows, and Salt
on Psalm 51:7b, 10a Romans 3:23 1 John 1:9 by Julia E. Bland

Gospel Grams (2 items)
Commentary and Exegetical material for Ash Wednesday
Emphasis (8 items)
A time to get personal Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Over the trash can Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-19 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 Joel 2:1-2, 12-19
Ashes Commentary on Psalm 51:1-12 Joel 2:1, 2, 12-17a 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2-10
No pretensions Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Called to a different life Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Love that hurts Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Psalm 51:1-17
The practicality of penitence Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Love that hurts Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


SermonStudio (6 items)
Ash Wednesday from Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Exegesis on Joel 2:12-19 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by George M. Bass
Ash Wednesday from Preaching and Reading the Old Testament Lessons:
Exegesis on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Elizabeth Achtemeier
Ash Wednesday from Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Exegesis on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Jerry L. Schmalenberger
Ash Wednesday from Lectionary Preaching Workbook
on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Carlos Wilton
Ash Wednesday from Hear My Voice
Lectionary on Psalm 51:1-17 by James Evans Stan Purdum
Ash Wednesday from Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Exegesis on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by E. Carver McGriff


Illustrations and Stories for Ash Wednesday
Emphasis (80 items)
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God continues to work in... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2
In the ghetto of one... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
We have it on good... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Doris is one of those... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-8; 16-21
A man was hired to... Illustration on Joel 2:12-19
The knight, in King Arthur's... Illustration on Joel 2:12-19
The call to repentance is... Illustration on Joel 2:12-19
A member of the Episcopal... Illustration on Joel 2:12-19
In 1990 Bill Moyer produced... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 (3-10)
In a volume edited by... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a
The Lenten season is a... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a
You don't have to be... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a
Time is such a relative... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 (3-10)
Lesslie Newbigin, a former bishop... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 (3-10)
The Chicago Daily News once... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 (3-10)
A pastor was distressed when... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Giving money, praying, and fasting... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Robert Frost, in a poem... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Obtaining more and more of... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
I give when I go... Illustration on Deuteronomy 26:1-11
A while back I read... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a
Once we meet Jesus, we... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b6:2
Bobby was invited to accompany... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Ash Wednesday is an important... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-16, 16-18
I don't know which came... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Merle Allison Johnson has told... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Rend your hearts and not... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-19
A Christian counselor was working... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-19
All three readings today --but... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-19
It's an old truism that... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-19
God says to us, now... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2
The ancient writer, Theophrastus, reminded... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2
X marks the... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2
The brand-new Ag Inspector... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Rev. Bill Bright, who heads... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
One Sunday morning a little... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
The Mackenzie family had a... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
A high school basketball player... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Some time ago The... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
In this letter, Paul writes... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Benjamin Disraeli was a fascinating... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
The acceptable time! There are... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
In T.S. Eliot's poem Ash... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
When children are young we... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Alice Thompson had a hard... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
A pastor was faced with... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Looking at the gates of... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Damage, a first novel by... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Windows are wonderful inventions. They... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
What does it mean to... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Mary and Harry lived in... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
As they worshipped, disaster struck... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
The movie Ed TV... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
If the essence of all... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
In real life, most of... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Everyone knew Gary. He drove... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Juan and Maria are a... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
The commendation of Christ in... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
I was visiting with Mark... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Until the twentieth century, the... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Have you ever heard of... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Rend your hearts and not... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
The church played an important... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Do you dread making wrong... Illustration on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
In the middle of the... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
I had been visiting Martha... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
A hailstorm when crops are... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
Ash Wednesday is a good... Illustration on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
One day, Gandhi stepped aboard... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
For years, the church received... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
No one would ever have... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
While recently listening to a... Illustration on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Sermon Illustrations for Ash Wednesday (2013) on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Sermon Illustrations for Ash Wednesday (2016) on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


SermonStudio (6 items)
Deafening Decibels
Story on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Timothy F. Merrill
Abounding In Steadfast Love
Story on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by John E. Sumwalt
True Repentance
Story on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Richard A. Jensen
Mrs. Smedes' Prayer Chair
Story on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Constance Berg
The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth
Story on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by David E. Leininger
The Right Thing For The Right Reason
on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Gregory L. Tolle


StoryShare (3 items)
Lincoln and Lentstories on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Psalm 51:1-17 by John Fitzgerald
Sound the Alarmstories on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Psalm 51:1-17 by Sandra Herrmann C. David McKirachan
Ashes For RememberingStories on Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2 Exodus 34:29-35 Psalm 99 by John S. Smylie Frank R. Fisher


Worship and Drama for Ash Wednesday
SermonStudio (12 items)
Reward
Drama on Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21 by Pamela Urfer
ASH WEDNESDAY
Worship on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 (3-10) Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by HETH H. CORL
ASH WEDNESDAY
Worship on Zechariah 7:4-10 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 Luke 5:29-35 by Heth H. Corl
Ash Wednesday
Worship on Psalm 51:1-12 by Hugh H. Drennan
Ash Wednesday
Worship on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by H. Burnham Kirkland
Repent and turn to the Lord
Worship on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by James R. Wilson
Come With Your Heart
Worship on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Dallas A. Brauninger
Ash Wednesday
Worship on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Wayne H. Keller
Ash Wednesday
on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Psalm 51:1-17 by Julia Ross Strope
Ash Wednesday
on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 by Frank Ramirez
Ash Wednesday
on 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 by Frank Ramirez
Ash Wednesday
on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 by Frank Ramirez