A collection of Lenten resources shared by fellow Baptists on the Lenten journey:
Words That Shape and Form - a forty-day resource for use by individuals, small groups, and congregations produced by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Ideal for the Lenten season and other forty-day periods of the Christian year, Words That Shape and Form helps participants explore the meaning and transforming potential of words like advent, missional, and xenos. With reflection questions and spiral binding, this resource makes for an exceptional devotional piece or small group study.
Toward Jerusalem - written for 2009 for the youth at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC by Jenny Lee, student ministry intern
The Bright Sadness - a 2008 Lenten devotional guide written by Jenny Lee, a student at Campbell University School of Divinity
Idea swap: Promoting the Offering during Lent
First Baptist Church in Danville, Va., promotes the Offering for Global Missions during Lent. Prior to collecting the offering each week, they use mission spotlights that integrate the worship service theme with particular mission needs their offering will support. During worship each week they extinguish a candle on the Lenten wreath (similar to the one used during Advent) and have a reading. Pastor Stephen Cook shares the reading used while the second candle is extinguished:
First Reader: In his life on this earth, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was called to follow a path that few, if any, of us would ever choose. He was called to bring light and life into the deepest and darkest places of our world. He went about his work with those whom most regarded as unworthy of time, attention, or respect. Jesus’ life in this world was given to offering hope, showing mercy, and sharing love. Truly, he was the light of the world.
Second Reader: In spite of the fact that we have seen his example, that we have heard his words, and have even made commitments of our own to come after him and to be bearers of his light, we have not lived up to our promises. We have pursued our own interests over Christ’s, and in doing so, we have doused the Spirit in us.
Third Reader: As the second Lenten candle is snuffed out, we are reminded of that which we have done to make it so our lives have overshadowed Christ’s life abiding in us. We witness the light being quenched now in order that we may be reminded again of our sin. We watch as the flame is put out and recognize that we all bear the burden of guilt that comes from living lives that betray the honor that is due our Savior.
2007 Lenten Devotions from First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, MO
Homily on Ash Wednesday by Gary Long, pastor of Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, TX
Eyeing Easter, Walking through Lent: A Bible Study with Global Baptists
A free resource from Baptist Center for Ethics and Baptist World Alliance
Lenten devotional guides from First Baptist Church, Marietta, GA:
Lenten devotional guide from Knollwood Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Holy Week meditations from Riverchase Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
Maundy Thursday service, and sermon from Rev. Henry Green, Heritage Baptist Church, Annapolis, MD
Ash Wednesday service from the CBF Resource Center, Atlanta, GA
Lent/Easter resources from Upper Room