Ash Wednesday Multi-Media Service 2011
"A Journey Through Lent"
A complete multi-media Ash Wednesday Service with
everything you need!
The Video Meditation:
The video meditation is included in the
(Windows Media Export and Quick-Time format)
Download also includes
PowerPoint Presentation (a slide for each reading):
Service Outlines of two complete Ash Wednesday
(printable documents included in download, MS Word and Open
The following Sermons and Children's Sermons
- The Cross of Ashes, various Scriptures
by Rev. Melinda Harwood
(see excerpt below)
- Why Are You Doing
That? Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18
by David Rogne
in me a clean heart Psalm 51
by Rev. Thomas Hall
a children's sermon on the meaning of Ash
The Book Without Words,
based on Psalm 51
Cross of Ashes
a sermon based on various Scriptures
by Rev. Melinda Harwood
Today is Ash Wednesday: the first day of the penitent season of Lent.
The accurate name is "The Day of Ashes” not "Ash Wednesday". The
reference to ashes comes from the ceremony of placing ashes on the
forehead in the shape of the cross as a sign of penitence. Pope
Gregory I, who was Bishop of Rome 7th century A.D, introduced this
Gardeners know that ashes can be used to help grow plants. But
basically ashes are worthless. In fact they are often less than
worthless - they are a hindrance and a liability. You can't make ashes
pretty by painting them, and you can't make ashes smell good by
spraying perfume on them. Ashes are just ashes.
And so it is with us - people are just people. When all is said and
done, no matter how much righteous paint we cover ourselves with, no
matter how much virtuous perfume we spray on ourselves, we are left
with our thoughts and feelings and actions that aren’t always our best
So why do we bother tonight smearing ashes on our foreheads? Why do we
gather and remember what we are on Ash Wednesday?
The answer is that while we gather to remember who we are, more
importantly we also gather to remember who God is - and what God has
done for us in and through Jesus Christ.
The Bible has a number of references about ashes. The first comes in
Genesis 18:27. Abraham is bargaining with God to spare the cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah when he suddenly realizes that he, a mere mortal,
has been speaking to almighty God . . . .
Download also includes a printable bulletin for Ash
Wednesday ( Adobe pdf format)
Download the complete Ash Wednesday
Includes: printable worship
program, printable bulletin cover, PowerPoint presentation, video
meditation plus 3
sermons and 2 children's messages.