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THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND

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Dear friends of Lewinsville,

In the gospel of Mark, the first words that Jesus speaks are, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). The PCUSA Book of Order teaches us that one of the primary purposes of the church is “the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.” We are called to be “kingdom people.”

The kingdoms of the world tend to promote greed, violence, fear, anxiety, and selfish control.  The church offers an alternative to these.  We are called to live different kinds of lives, to be “kingdom people” who live with compassion, justice, peace, and joy, as we interact with the challenges and problems that face us in our world.

Lent is a powerful time to reflect on what this looks like.  What does it mean for Lewinsville participants to embody the values of the kingdom of God at this time in history, in our community?  What sorts of activities should we be up to, as citizens of the kingdom of God, in our wider neighborhood? During these turbulent and divided times in our society, we have an opportunity to reflect on how we, as a congregation, might promote social healing.  At a time when many people are lonely and isolated, we offer small groups as a way for people to build meaningful relationships.

All of these, and many more, are ways that we demonstrate our hopeful conviction that the kingdom of God is at hand.

It is our joy to offer you this Lenten devotional booklet, organized around the theme of “the kingdom of God is at hand” and written by members of the Lewinsville congregation. We invite you to use these readings as part of your daily spiritual practice during Lent.  Our prayer is that they may help you to reflect on the gracious kingdom of God and your part in that kingdom.

We offer our deep and profound thanks to all who have contributed their time, energy, and love to the production of this booklet – the writers, coordinators, and editors.

Lenten blessings to you,
Pastor Scott

The Kingdom of God is at Hand
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Saturday, April 20

Romans 8:1-11 (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in…

Thursday, April 18, Maundy Thursday

Psalm 147:12-20 (NRSV) Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!     Praise your God, O Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your gates;     he blesses your children within you. He grants peace within your borders;     he fills you with the finest of wheat. He sends out his command to the earth;     his word runs swiftly. He gives snow like wool;…

Wednesday, April 17

Jeremiah 17:5-10 (The New Oxford Annotated Bible) Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.  …

Tuesday, April 16

Psalm 25:6-7 (TLB) “Overlook my youthful sins, O lord!  Look at me instead through eyes of mercy and forgiveness, through eyes of everlasting love and kindness.” Devotion What does it mean to be “kingdom people” in 2019 in Virginia…in the United States of America…and in the world?  How should we live our lives?  How should we interact with one another?  For clear…

Monday, April 15

Philippians 3:12-14 (NRSV) Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,…

Saturday, April 13

Romans 11:32 (NRSV) For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all. Devotion Save for the closing doxology, this verse ends what is commonly called the Apostle Paul’s “election discourse,” which runs from Romans chapters 9 through 11.  The meaning of this verse has challenged exegetes down through the ages; it is tough to hear that…

Friday, April 12

Jeremiah 29: 1; 4-14 (NRSV) These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon… It said: Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles…

Thursday, April 11

Jeremiah 26:1-16 (NRSV) Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the Lord: “This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard of the Lord’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the Lord. Tell them everything I command you;…

Wednesday, April 10

John 10:1-18 (NRSV) “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.  The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by…