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Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The theme of this year’s booklet will be “Christian Community: Life and Ministry Together.” The church of Jesus Christ is more than a random collection of individuals, and it is more than just another service organization. The Christian community of the church has its own life, its own purposes for being, and its own distinctive characteristics. What does Christian community in the church look like? Why is Christian community so important? How is it different than other forms of community in the world? In what ways is it challenging? What do we do when it breaks down? What resources does God make available to us, in order to strengthen and support us in living and serving together? How does God call us to live and serve together? What kinds of attitudes and commitments are required of those who enter into community in the church? These are the kinds of questions that this theme can raise for us. The Lenten devotional will correspond loosely with our sermon series of the same name during Lent. Our hope is that the Lenten devotional and the sermon series will reinforce each other and inspire us to deeper thinking and more faithful living.

We are grateful to all of our devotional authors for their submissions, and we invite you to ponder them as reflections for our Lenten journeys. The thoughts in each devotion represent those of the author and not necessarily Lewinsville Presbyterian Church.

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Earth Care Reflection-Action Calendar

In addition to the Lenten Devotions, the Lewinsville Earth Care team is recommending for our use Tread Lightly for Lent, a daily reflection-action calendar produced by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Presbyterian Mission (Presbyterian Hunger Program). Along with the Lewinsville Lenten Devotions, the calendar can serve as a helpful guide for contemplation, prayer and actions. As stated on the calendar: “The Presbyterian Hunger Program strives to walk with people in moving toward sustainable choices that restore and protect all of God’s children and Creation. As people of faith, we seek to ‘serve and preserve’ God’s world. … Our hope is that this Lenten calendar will be the beginning of actions intended to create more mindful behaviors throughout the year.”

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Our Recent Devotions are listed below. As Lent 2021 progresses, the latest devotions will be listed here:

Thursday, March 18

John 10:1-4 (NRSV) Jesus the Good Shepherd“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…

Wednesday, March 17

Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NRSV)When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I…

Tuesday, March 16

John 3:1-21 (NIV)Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not…

Monday, March 15

Isaiah 35:1-10 (NIV)The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom.  It will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.  Then will the lame leap like…

Saturday, March 13

Isaiah 11:2-4, 6-7, 9 (NRSV)And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his…

Friday, March 12

Luke 24:13-35 (NRSV) The Walk to EmmausNow on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes…

Thursday, March 11

Psalm 150Praise the Lord!Praise God in his sanctuary;    praise him in his mighty firmament!Praise him for his mighty deeds;    praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound;    praise him with lute and harp!Praise him with tambourine and dance;    praise him with strings and pipe!Praise him with clanging cymbals;    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!Let everything that…

Wednesday, March 10

Luke 4:16-30 (NRSV)When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.  He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.  He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:      “The…

Tuesday, March 9

Psalm 22 (The Message)God, God . . . my God!    Why did you dump me    miles from nowhere?Doubled up with pain, I call to God    all the day long. No answer. Nothing.I keep at it all night, tossing and turning. And you! Are you indifferent, above it all,    leaning back on the cushions of Israel’s praise?We know you were there for…

Monday, March 8

Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;for the Mighty One has done great things for me,    and holy is his name.His mercy is for those who…