Holy Saturday: Lenten Devotional Series 2020

The Morning After by Pastor John

I am always struck by the contrast between this day, Holy Saturday, and the rest of Holy Week. The crowds and turmoil of Good Friday have given way to silence and stillness. There is no meal or intimacy like on Maundy Thursday. The excitement and hope of Palm Sunday’s triumphal entry have ended with two women seated before a sealed tomb.

Holy Saturday feels lifeless.

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Holy Monday – Lenten Devotional Series 2020

A Poet’s Look at the Story of Jesus by Heather Monkmeyer

There is so much beautiful humanity in this passage and so much to wonder about. Can you imagine being at a dinner party with someone who had just been brought back from the grave?  Perhaps you had attended the burial and now he is right in front of your eyes! What would that be like for you?

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Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 38

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 37

Transformed Lives by Christin Wallace

This story of Jesus, like so many, is inspiring. His strength and his cool, calm, and collected attitude are clearly shown. That is not me. I am an anxious person who is eager to please, but that is not who Jesus was. He was righteous above all else and yet he did not act that way. He asked questions to try and understand. He was patient and kind and willing to do hard things for the good of the kingdom.

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Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 36

The Challenge by Hannah Elhard

“You look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place for you in my word.”

As the audience in this passage does, it is easy for us to disregard this passage. Make ourselves separate, “I would never KILL Jesus. This passage doesn’t apply to me.” But are there other ways to understand the word “kill” here rather than the literal death?

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