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Dear friends of Lewinsville,

Sunday morning, Monday morning. During the season of Lent this year, this will be the title of our sermon series. In that series, we will be taking a variety of different theological, “churchy” concepts that we work with on Sunday morning – things like sin, sacrifice, covenant, image of God, Holy Spirit – and exploring their connection with aspects of our lives in the rest of the week, beginning on Monday morning – aspects like our identity, need for forgiveness, ability to listen, and more.

This means that we will be engaging in the work of interpretation. We will be taking a theological term or a biblical concept and attempting to interpret what that concept means for our daily lives. Interpretation actually happens every time someone preaches a sermon. Preachers begin with an ancient Scriptural text, written thousands of years ago in a radically different culture, and attempt to make sense of what that text might mean for us here today.

The theme of Sunday morning, Monday morning is all about interpreting biblical texts (i.e., things from Sunday morning) for our lives in the world (where we live on Monday morning).

Interpretation takes place at the intersection between biblical tradition and contemporary experience. Interpretation is risky, it is daring, it requires imagination, and it always gets filtered through the life experiences, passions, and preconceptions of the one who is doing the interpretation. There is no such thing as “pure interpretation.” Interpretation always has to be done with humility, because there are a whole variety of ways that interpreters can go off course. We all have our blind spots, our prejudices, and our limited life experience. There is no fail-proof way to go about the work of interpretation. Interpretation is not for the faint of heart. And yet, it is precisely the work to which the church is called. We are called to take the Bible and our theological tradition seriously, AND we must take our own lives at this particular moment in history, in this particular place, seriously. We have to try to put them together.

It is our joy to offer you this Lenten devotional booklet, organized around the theme of “Sunday morning, Monday morning” and written by members of the Lewinsville congregation. We invite you to use these readings as part of your daily spiritual practice during Lent.  Knowing that these reflections are the work of interpretation by a variety of members in the congregation, you should expect to be challenged by them. You may resonate deeply with some of the reflections; you may disagree with some of the reflections. That is all to be expected any time the church engages in the work of interpretation. We honor, appreciate, and give thanks for the boldness, courage, and grace of those who are willing to put themselves out there and share their interpretive work with the rest of us. Our prayer is that these reflections may help you to reflect on your own life, and how your “Monday mornings” are informed and shaped by your experiences on “Sunday morning.”

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

Sunday Morning, Monday Morning
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PLEASE NOTE that no devotions are issued on Sundays.

Saturday April 4

Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)… As [Jesus] and his disciples…were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus…a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside [and] began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ …Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said…let me see again.’ Jesus said to…

Friday, April 3

2 Corinthians 4:1–12Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of…

Thursday, April 2

Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not…

Wednesday, April 1

Psalm 147:6-7 (NRSV)The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.  Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. Devotion Sunday brings hope, envisioning all humanity living in harmony, with dignity and purpose. We declare “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1, NRSV) Monday brings crises. The metastasizing climate crisis threatens human…

Tuesday, March 31

Psalm 34:1-10 (RSV)I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He answered me, and…

Monday, March 30

Psalm 121 (ESV)I lift up my eyes to the hills.     From where does my help come?My help comes from the Lord,     who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved;     he who keeps you will not slumber.Behold, he who keeps Israel     will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper;…

Saturday, March 28

Psalm 43 (NRSV)Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause    against an ungodly people;from those who are deceitful and unjust    deliver me!For you are the God in whom I take refuge;    why have you cast me off?Why must I walk about mournfully    because of the oppression of the enemy? O send out your light and…

Friday, March 27

Psalms 22; 148; 105; 130Exodus 2:1-22. I Corinthians 12:27-13:3 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles?…

Thursday, March 26

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (NIV)Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even…

Wednesday, March 25

Mark  8:22-26 (NIV), (Cor. 12: 1-11)They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He…