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Lent–Easter Preaching and Worship Resources

With thematic inspiration drawn from Dr. R. Reed Lessing’s work for the Isaiah 40–55 volume of the Concordia Commentary series, Singing with the Exiles presents prophecies of the Messiah found in Isaiah and their fulfillment in Jesus. Dr. Lessing portrays Jesus as the true and only Savior, the One foretold by God’s prophet, and the only One who can restore humankind to a relationship of life with God through His suffering and death.

Preaching and Teaching

This complete set of sermon resources includes textual notes and sermon outlines to assist in a directed study in preparation for the homiletic task. Each resource provides a customizable sermon, children’s message, and Bible study that follow the series theme.

Lent–Easter Weekly Themes

Ash Wednesday

Isaiah 41:14–16
“God Has a Word for That”

Lent 1

Isaiah 43:1–7
“He Only Has Eyes for You”

Lent 2

Isaiah 44:1–5
“Marked”

Lent 3

Isaiah 45:1–8
“Breaking Down the Gates”

Lent 4

Isaiah 48:17–22
“Get Out”

Lent 5

Isaiah 49:1–6
“One Little Word Can Fell Him”

Maundy Thursday

Isaiah 49:7–13
“He Prepares a Table”

Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13–53:12
“All”

Easter Vigil

Isaiah 54:1–8
“Nothing”

Easter Sunday

Isaiah 55:6–13
“We Are Going Home”

Bonus Additional Resources

  • Logos for promotional use
  • Introductory article for congregational newsletter or publicity
  • The Passion of Our Lord According to the Gospel of St. Mark (for congregational reading)
  • Resources for Holy Week worship
  • Resources for Holy Saturday worship for those congregations not using Easter Vigil

About the Author

R. Reed Lessing was on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for fourteen years and now serves as senior pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is author of the Jonah, Amos, and Isaiah 40–55 volumes of the Concordia Commentary Series; Restore the Roar, the 2013 Lent and Easter resources for preaching and worship; and sermon studies in several publications, including Concordia Pulpit Resources.

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