Lent & Easter Resources and Events
NEW 2021 RESOURCES
Liturgies for each week of Lent 2021
A Lenten liturgy of confession and repentance from the ways we embody White Supremacy Culture. Created by Disrupt Worship Project which creates "liturgy, litanies and commentaries that lift up new voices and push towards justice." (Find the liturgy in the menu tab "Lent 2021" at the top of the webpage.)
This resource offers a step you can take every day to help protect God's beautiful creation, guiding you to deepen your Eco-spirituality throughout this holy time.
From Unbound —an interactive journal on Christian social justice
Kamehameha Schools Lenten Devotionals
A series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals (released every Friday) for Lent to honor the deep Christian faith of founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The devotionals were designed to be used by students, staffers and others to celebrate the coming of Easter.
From Sparkhouse, this Lenten devotional was written with youth in mind and is full of messages specifically for teenagers. Each entry contains a few lines from the Bible, a reflection, and a prayer.
Taizé Morning Prayer with the ONA Coalition
Every weekday morning during Lent and Easter the Open and Affirming family will continue to offer a contemplative service of Taizé Morning Prayer at 9 and 11 am (EST) in the Coalition's Zoom Chapel—Monday through Friday. They'll also gather at 10 pm (EST) Sunday for Compline—an ancient experience of prayer, silence and song at the close of day. Each service is about 20 minutes and draws from ancient Christian practices of daily prayer, although in inclusive, non-binary language. Morning Prayer and Compline are sometimes posted on Facebook, but you can always join on Zoom at zoom.us/j/5556624822.
the 2020 Lenten Devotional from the Stillspeaking Writers Group, includes a biblical text, reflection, and prayer for each day.
The Transformation: From Darkness to Light is written by youth and young adults in the UCC and includes a 46-day devotion and an additional message from General Minister and President, John Dorhauer.
(2020) Keeping a Green Lent, a prayer litany for each week in Lent, is shared by Roxanne WhiteLight and Ruth Langstraat.
(2020) Former Hawaii Conference Associate Conference Minister Donald Schmidt has recently published two Bible studies with Wood Lake Publishing that are appropriate for this season: Death of Jesus for Progressive Christians and Easter for Progressive Christians. Each 5-week study invites you to dig into your faith as you explore the scriptures for these seasons, and let the Bible really speak to you. They are available from Amazon.com in both print and electronic editions.
(2020) Observe Lent with Kamehameha Schools Devotionals
Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for Lent, to honor the deep Christian faith of our founder Princess Pauahi. The devotionals were designed to be used by staffers, students, and others to celebrate the coming of Easter. Subscribe to receive the latest weekly devotionals by email.
(2020) Creation Justice Ministries has a free lent calendar available for download which highlights an eco-focused reflection and/or action one can do each day during Lent to address the climate crisis.
(2020) To accompany the Ash Wednesday release of the United Church of Christ's report entitled "Breath to the People: Sacred Air and Toxic Pollution," six environmental justice leaders in the UCC have authored reflections to help preachers connect the contents of the report to each Sunday in Lent. The overarching theme for these reflections is "Journey Toward Hope."
(2019) Young Voices: Stepping Out of the Wilderness is a 47 day devotion to walk you through Lent and concludes with the good news of Easter Sunday. All entries were written by UCC youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 35 who span the spectrum of gender identity, sexuality, racial, and ethnic diversity. This lenten study is available for download for $5. Proceeds will be used for additional programs and outreach for youth and young adults in the United Church of Christ.
(2019) Justice in Action - Podcast For a Just World is back March 5th!
Together with Sacred Conversations To End Racism, we're bringing you 6 weeks of meaningful and important conversations for the Lenten Season co-hosted by Rev. Dr. Velda Love, Minister for Racial Justice and Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey, Minister for Congregational and community engagement. The series will bring deep and dynamic conversations about rooting identity in cultural narratives as a restorative justice practice in our continuing work to dismantle white supremacy and end racism. Catch up on past episodes and subscribe to PFJW at https://soundcloud.com/forajustworld
Lent and Easter Resources from Global Ministries
Lent and Easter is a time where we can journey with global partners and mission co-workers. Global Ministries offers liturgical resources, bible studies, and reflections for a global Christian perspective on the season.
Includes a call to worship, invocation, offertory prayer, confession, and benediction for each week in the church year.
(2019) 40 Acts of Lenten Love - Create Your Own Lenten Calendar
Lana'i Union Church has created a Lenten calendar of simple daily actions to live out the UCC's 3 Great Loves (love of neighbor, children, creation) throughout the Lenten season. It is available for download HERE and can be adapted and edited to fit your church congregation and schedule.
Members and friends of Church of the Holy Cross United Church of Christ in Hilo, Hawai’i, have contributed these reflections. Some are prose, some are poetry, some are photographs, some are drawings. You will find the fresh imagination of keiki and the seasoned experience of kupuna. You will find thinking honed by education and you will find the unencumbered dance of new encounters with the Spirit. In short, you will find a wide range of people bringing their wisdom, spirit, knowledge and... heart. May their gifts help you to open your own heart... wide.
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