Discussion Questions for Ash Wednesday

  1. Turn to Psalm 51 when in trouble. Was there a time you begged for God’s forgiveness and a clean heart?
  2. How is the Ash Wednesday Gospel message more about our motives than our actions? (Matt 6:1-6, 16-21)
  3. What do we learn about the character of God from Joel 2:12-13? How can you return to/reboot your relationship with God?

How to Use these Questions

These questions are intended to stimulate conversation on the Revised Common Lectionary texts for the coming week. They are designed to be accessible to individuals and groups (and not limited to preachers) who are reading the lectionary texts in advance of worship.

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If you have specific suggestions, general comments or words of encouragement related to Working Preacher's Reflect & Connect discussion questions, please let us know via email at cbp@luthersem.edu. Thanks for participating, and for sharing these questions with your colleagues and members of your congregation!