Lent Devotion - Sunday

March 27 – Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read:  Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

Lent Devotion - Saturday

March 26 – Holy Saturday

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read:  Job 14:1-14; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; John 19:38-42  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

Lent Devotion - Friday

 

March 25 – Good Friday

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read:  Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

Lent Devotion - Thursday

March 24 – Holy Thursday – (Maundy Thursday)

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read:  Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10], 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

 

Lent Devotion - Wednesday

March 23 – Wednesday of Holy Week

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

Lent Devotion - Tuesday

March 22 -- Tuesday of Holy Week

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read:  Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36   If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

Lent Devotion - Monday

March 21 -- Monday of Holy Week

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read:  Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

 

Lent Devotion - Sunday

The Sixth Week of Lent – Holy Week

 

The week starts with a parade of praise and joy.  People shout “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  It ends with the people’s rejection.  “Crucify him!” they yell.  “I do not know him,” Peter replies.

 

The week evokes Jesus’ righteous anger as he turns the tables in the temple and says “my house will be a house of prayer for all people.”  It also evokes Jesus’ tender care as he forgives those who crucify him. 

 

During the week, we find Jesus’ colt walking on coats and palm branches.  By the end of the week, Jesus demonstrates how the least become the greatest in God’s Kingdom as he washes his disciples’ feet. 

 

And as the week draws to a close, and as Jesus’ limp body hangs lifelessly on the cross, one might be left to conclude that it is over.  What a shame that a man of such love and compassion was so misunderstood and run over by the power and authority of the Roman empire.  But Easter Sunday is at the end of this week.  And all that was bleak and dark on Friday becomes new when, at first light, women who followed Jesus found the tomb empty. 

 

Blessings,

Pastor Bob Lee

Palm Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Lent – March 20

 

Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit.  Take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”

 

Read:  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56   If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?  Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Rest: Be still and silent for a while.  Just “be” in the presence of God.

 

Lent Devotion - Saturday

Saturday, March 19

 

Prepare:  Find a place where distractions are minimal.  Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you.  Then, take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God. 

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, o Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” 

 

Read:  John 12:1-8.  If time allows, read at least one different translation.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again and pause in silence. 

What might God be saying to me through this scripture?  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you. 

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Response:  What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?

 

 

Lent Devotion - Friday

Friday, March 18

 

Prepare:  Find a place where distractions are minimal.  Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you.  Then, take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God. 

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, o Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

Read:  Luke 18:31-43.  If time allows, read at least one different translation. 

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again and pause in silence. 

What might God be saying to me through this scripture?  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you.

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Response:  What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?

 

Lent Devotion - Thursday

Thursday, March 17

 

Prepare:  Find a place where distractions are minimal.  Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you.  Then, take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God. 

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, o Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

Read:  Hebrews 10:19-25.  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again and pause in silence. 

What might God be saying to me through this scripture?  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you.

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Response:  What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?

 

Lent Devotion - Wednesday

Wednesday, March 16

 

Prepare:  Find a place where distractions are minimal.  Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you.  Then, take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God. 

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, o Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

Read:  Exodus 12:21-27.  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again and pause in silence. 

What might God be saying to me through this scripture?  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you.

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Response:  What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?

 

Lent Devotion - Tuesday

Tuesday, March 15

 

Prepare:  Find a place where distractions are minimal.  Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you.  Then, take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God. 

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, o Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

Read:  Psalm 126.  If time allows, read at least one different translation. 

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again and pause in silence. 

What might God be saying to me through this scripture?  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you.

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Response:  What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?

 

Lent Devotion - Monday

Monday, March 14

 

Prepare:  Find a place where distractions are minimal.  Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you.  Then, take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God. 

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, o Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

Read:  Isaiah 43:16-21.  If time allows, read at least one different translation.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again and pause in silence. 

What might God be saying to me through this scripture?  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you.

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Response:  What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?

 

Lent Devotion - Sunday

Fifth Week of Lent

 

If we have realized anything through this Lenten journey, it’s that we need God.  Our culture has so effectively trained us to believe we can handle things on our own that it is the ways of our creator that seem strange.  So, it’s this yearly rehearsal of our brokenness and God’s response to our need that is both necessary and welcome. 

 

As we learn to loosen our grip on our lives and trust in God’s steadfast love to lead us, we come face-to-face with who we really are.  We begin to live in the new reality of God’s love for us and for creation.  We become co-workers with Christ, knowing our place is in co-operation with God, led by God’s Spirit rather than trying to take control.  Lent tells us our control leads to death.  But God in control gives us new, lasting life. 

 

In the Isaiah passages for this week, we find hopeful words to an exiled people returning home from captivity.  Still fresh in their minds are the self-inflicted wounds of relying on human plans of might and power instead of on God’s promise to provide.  But the picture Isaiah paints is not one of guilt or regret but of renewal and new things God can do in a people willing to walk in God’s ways.  The Psalm echoes the prophet’s vision with hopeful words of restoration, laughter and joy.

 

Later in the week, we begin to make the connection between God’s restorative actions on behalf of Israel and God’s final restorative action on behalf of all creation.  The Exodus passage reminds us of God’s rescue of the Hebrew people through the unblemished sacrifice of the Passover lamb.  The Epistle to the Hebrews celebrates that Jesus’s sacrifice restores us to a right relationship with God and provides the environment for a right relationship with others, too. 

 

Finally, our two Gospel lessons help set the stage for Jesus’ passion as we near Palm Sunday and Holy week.  In Luke, we find Jesus predicting his death to a clueless group of disciples.  His next action is to restore a blind man’s sight because of the man’s faith.  It was Mary’s faith that led her to anoint Jesus with burial perfume while Judas’ desire for control, even on behalf of the poor, put his at odds with Jesus.  

 

Grace and peace along the journey,

Matthew

Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 13

 

Prepare:  Find a place where distractions are minimal.  Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you.  Then, take three deep breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God. 

Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, o Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

Read:  Isaiah 43:1-7.  If time allows, read at least one different translation.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again and pause in silence. 

What might God be saying to me through this scripture?  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you.

 

Pray:  Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Response:  What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?

 

Lent Devotion - Saturday

Saturday, March 12

 


Prepare:  Take some centering breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

 

Use this sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14


Read:  Read the scripture selection for today.  John 7:40-53If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again.

How are you feeling in your mind, body, when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?


Pray:  Say a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

 

Lent Devotion - Friday

Friday, March 11


Prepare:  Take some centering breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

 

Use this sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14


Read:  Read the scripture selection for today.  John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again.

How are you feeling in your mind, body, when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?


Pray:  Say a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Lent Devotion - Thursday

Thursday, March 10

 


Prepare:  Take some centering breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

 

Use this sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14


Read:  Read the scripture selection for today.  Exodus 32:7-14.  If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again.

How are you feeling in your mind, body, when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?


Pray:  Say a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Lent Devotion - Wednesday

Wednesday, March 9

 

Prepare:  Take some centering breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

 

Use this sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14


Read:  Read the scripture selection for today.  John 5:17-30If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again.

How are you feeling in your mind, body, when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?


Pray:  Say a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.

 

Lent Devotion - Tuesday

Tuesday, March 8

 


Prepare:  Take some centering breaths.  Straighten your posture.  Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.

 

Use this sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

 

Read:  Read the scripture selection for today.  John 5:1-16If time allows, read at least one different translation.  Write down any words or phrases that stand out.

 

Meditate:  What words or phrases strike you?  Read them again.

How are you feeling in your mind, body, when reading?  What do you think this feeling means?


Pray:  Say a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.