Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lecten, which means "spring." This is a season of preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. . . . Because Sundays are little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection.” (The UM Book of Worship, 1992).
The Lenten Devotions in your hand are designed to help all of us grow in our faith and become Christ-like in our living, as we journey with Jesus from being tempted in the wilderness, to his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to the Cross of Calvary and finally to his victory over death. Men and women of every age, teens, and even some elementary age folks, from a wide variety of backgrounds and walks of life have penned their witness of how Jesus works through our life experiences to deepen our faith and draw us closer to God.
God says, in Isaiah 55:6-11, “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
May this season of Lent and these Lenten devotions aid in God’s word, God’s plan and God’s purposes being accomplished in you and through you. Click here to download.
God's Gift of Life, Larry F. Beman
Lent is an ideal time to pray and reflect on the gift of life God offers to us through Jesus Christ. Traditionally, it is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. In God’s Gift of Life, Larry Beman invites us to create a holy space for Bible study and to open our hearts and minds through self-examination and reflection so that we might grow in our faith. He brings a relaxed and invitational tone to the study of the Scriptures and includes personal stories that help us to apply them to our daily lives.
Through the study of the Revised Common Lectionary texts for Year A, Larry Beman helps readers experience the blessings of the life given to us through the ministry, suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A Leader Guide by Nan Duerling, with Bible background and suggestions for group activities, is included in this book.
In 2014, commit to a daily time of study, reflection, prayer, and giving during the season of Lent, the 40 days (plus seven Sundays) leading up to Easter, using devotional materials prepared by Society of St. Andrew.
Join with hundreds of congregations and thousands of individuals and families across the country and around the globe. Deepen your faith as you give to provide healthy food for our hungry brothers and sisters through the work of Society of St. Andrew during Lent, March 5–April 19, 2014.
Traditionally, Lent is a season of penitence, a time of asking God’s forgiveness for our sins, and seeking a new way of life in Christ, day by day, as we approach the death of Jesus and look forward to his resurrection.
Our 2014 title is Create in Me a Clean Heart, a phrase from Psalm 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. In the devotional booklet, you will find daily meditations and prayers that explore the themes of forgiveness and new life in Christ, written by people of deep and abiding faith: pastors and laypersons from many Christian traditions.
Devotional booklets and coin banks are free, and may be ordered in quantity. You may also download a copy of the devotional booklet for your e-reader or sign up to receive each day’s devotion by email. See more here.
He Set His Face to Jerusalem, Richard B. Wilke
In this Lenten study, Richard Wilke explores Jesus’ commitment to go to Jerusalem. The Gospel of Luke says, “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Wilke looks at Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem in order to help us reflect on how we “set our faces” in life. He reminds us in the introduction, “As followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect on and pray about where we set our faces day by day. Where do we set our faces in our relationships with God and with our neighbor? Where do we set our faces with our ethical choices? Where do we set our faces when we see those who are poor and oppressed?” We might also ask other questions. What are our goals as people of faith? What are we resolute or determined about in our lives? As we set our faces to Jerusalem and to the ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, what difference does it make? What does Jesus’ determination say to us about our commitments and about our need to grow in love of God and neighbor?
He Set His Face to Jerusalem includes seven chapters, one for each week in Lent and one for Holy Week and Easter. Each session includes a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for reflection, a closing prayer, and a focus for the week. The book is excellent for small group and individual use.
The Sanctuary for Lenty 2014, Sue Mink
Have you ever wished you could have been in Jerusalem and seen Jesus? Seen his affect on people and listened to his words? In The Sanctuary for Lent 2014, Sue Mink looks in on the encounters that others had with Jesus throughout his ministry. Some people were angered by him, some people were puzzled by him, and some people just dismissed him. But others saw him for who he truly was, and their entire perspective changed. They were transformed by their encounter with the living Lord.
The devotions, one for each of the forty days in Lent plus Sundays, include an inspiring message based on a Gospel reading, a suggested Scripture reading, a Bible verse, and a prayer. This Lenten season, allow The Sanctuary for Lent 2014 to transform you and lead you in a closer walk with Jesus Christ.
When ordering for a congregation, churches often secure copies for nursing homes residents, prisons, and other groups in need of encouragement. The Sanctuary for Lent is appreciated by those outside the congregation or who are unable to attend services. The small trim size, which fits in a #10 envelope, enables churches to include the booklet in their Lenten mailings.
"The practice of Lenten disciplines," says Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, "offers us the opportunity to deepen our faith, renew our commitment and prepare ourselves for the gift of Christ's Resurrection." Jung, who serves the Wisconsin Annual (regional) Conference, is one of several writers of a new collection of 40 Lenten devotionals that share the life-changing ministries of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Voices for Good Friday, Amanda Burr
These interpretive, dramatic monologues give voice to selected characters from the Gospels. Presented in a reproducible, copy-friendly format, the monologues provide a creative way to present Good Friday/Tenebrae services and to tell the story of the passion of Jesus Christ. The monologues can be presented as a collective work or can be used individually as sermon helps, Bible study presentations, and in other creative ways in worship settings.
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, Adam Hamilton
This is the final volume of the trilogy of studies on the life of Jesus that included The Journey on the birth of Jesus and 24 Hours That Changed the World on the death of Jesus. It is a 40-day study of the life, ministry and teachings of Jesus, designed as a church-wide emphasis during Lent (or any other time of year). It begins with Jesus’ baptism and temptations, moves to the healings he wrought, the things he taught, the miracles that occur the Sea of Galilee, his “friends in low places” and finally, the last week of his life. The epilogue covers the resurrection.
In addition to the book and the small group video, there is a 40-day devotional aimed at helping your church members to spend time in daily scripture reading, reflection and prayer, and there is a small group leader guide, a youth study and a children’s study. The entire program is aimed at unifying your entire church in a study of the life of Jesus that will deepen your congregation members’ faith.
Though it is not essential, the ideal is that pastors would preach on these same themes so that worship, small groups and daily devotions work together to create excitement and draw people to Christ. Abingdon has prepared a video designed for members to invite their friends to worship for this emphasis. Click on this link to see the worship promo. This promo is meant to be shared in worship the week before the emphasis begins, and for your members to use as a tool to invite their friends (e-mailing the link to them and posting it on their Facebook pages).
This is Good News, Daphne Lee Flegal
This beautifully illustrated children's activity book introduces the characters and places in the story of Jesus' Resurrection based on the Gospel of Matthew: Joseph of Arimathea and the tomb, the angel, the guards, and Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
Interwoven with the introductions is the story of the two women finding the empty tomb and the risen Jesus. The children will be invited to continue the story and share the good news that Jesus is alive!
It includes a sticker sheet and other activity pages!
You know how important it is to plan meaningful, engaging worship services—especially during this season. What you don’t know is how you’re going to find the time to research dozens of websites and pull together all the prayers, music, sermon ideas, projection images, and everything else you need for an authentic encounter with God in worship.
What if all these elements were together for you in one place? What if all that help fit easily in your pocket or your purse? Welcome to Worship in a Flash. Drawing on a vast library of worship resources, we provide everything you need to plan worship throughout Lent and Easter, all on a convenient USB drive with room to store your notes as you plan worship each week.
The Worship in a Flash USB drive is compatible with Windows and Macintosh formats. It includes prayers, calls to worship, litanies, benedictions, sermons, music, projection images, and more. Liturgies, prayers, sermon outlines, and other text materials are in PDF format. Images are in JPEG format.
Give Up Something Bad for Lent, James W. Moore
During Lent each year, Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what they have given up. James Moore challenges readers to take it further—to give up something spiritually that they would be better off not doing. He invites all to seek God's help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking, how much better life would be.
The forty days of Lent are ideal to use this study and prepare to give up something bad while preparing to fully embrace the "Good News" of Easter. Study includes seven sessions, one for each Sunday in Lent and Easter Sunday. Each session features a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for personal reflection or group study, and closing prayer.