A Future With Hope – 4th Annual Lenten Devotional

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but Ash Wednesday is a month from today!

In preparation for Lent, we are launching our 4th annual Lenten Devotional. This is a daily Lenten guide written by members and friends of this faith community and has been not only a wonderful daily companion but a terrific tool for evangelism.

Last year we posted the devotional each day online, on both our website and Facebook pages and also printed over 250 for distribution! I pray you might feel called to again, or for the first time, write a devotion this year.

This year’s theme is ” A Future with Hope” from Jer 29. Since the Lenten theme is Hope we have already selected 12 texts that speak to Hope. We thought it might be interesting to see/read different perspectives on the same texts, so there are 12 texts (repeated 3 times each) along with some more specific ones for Holy week. You can use poetry, a story from your life or from someone else’s, you can offer artwork or photography as long as you speak to the connection to the scripture.

I have attached the texts along with a sample devotional. The word limit is 430. Please keep to that limit  (which includes the date chosen, assigned scripture and the prayer) The deadline for submission is Feb 17th.I hope you will consider being part of this devotional. You never know who might read your words and find HOPE.

Lent 2020

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26 with Ash Wednesday. Plan to join us as we explore Hope throughout the Lenten Season. We will be announcing services, bible study and more. Stay tuned!

Listening, Noticing and Loving

Dear Saints,

You may or may not have heard that our monthly worship and ministry theme, is “Loving through Deeper Listening”. WAIT! Before you scroll down or away from this missive, don’t worry. I am not expecting that we’ll be working on all sorts of esoteric contemplative practices (unless that’s your favorite method – to listen). But I DO hope that you’ll be open to learning different ways to listen more deeply. This means listening more deeply to scripture, more deeply to God in prayer, in worship and as you go about your day and your life. But we all get busy, especially when we’re under deadlines.

A few weeks ago, I was in my office working on the readings for the Lenten devotional. This is no small undertaking and takes tremendous focus. I was so intent on finishing this project I hadn’t even realized it was getting dark especially because my office faces east. When I got up to get some more water from the library, the pink hue in the eastern sky was stunning.

I ran into Sandy’s office (which faces south) to see the most extraordinary sunset which lit the south and west in a palette of pink, oranges, and purples. It took my breath away. I was all alone in the delicious quiet of the end of the day. There I stood, trying to drink it all in. It just kept getting bigger and brighter and deeper. It quieted my heart, calmed my tension and eased the pressure I had been putting on myself. Only then could I allow God to cut through the noise and speak to me in the way I needed. That can happen to all of us, but it helps to pay attention.

Listening, noticing and loving more deeply with you,

Jen