Discussion Questions for Ash Wednesday (B)

  1. How will you “turn to God” during the season of Lent? (Joel 2:1-2, 12-17)
  2. How does Isaiah 58 complement the baptism service declaration to “let your light shine before others…”?
  3. How does Psalm 51:17 speak to you in regard to the events (global, national, personal) of the past year?
  4. How can practices of penitence flow from devotion to God rather than to be seen by others? (Matt 6)


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