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Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022

For centuries the Psalms have been at the heart of the church’s spiritual practice – practices which we have learned from our Jewish neighbors and ancestors. What is remarkable about the Psalms is the comprehensive breadth of the human experience that they encompass. Every significant emotion that is part of our lives is drawn up into the psalms – joy, grief, anger, wonder, rage, confusion, serenity. They’re all there, which means that they are all incorporated into our lives of faith.

We are invited to bring every aspect of who we are to God in our prayers, and the Psalms help us to practice doing just that. Everything belongs.

Our Lenten devotions will correspond loosely with our sermon series of the same name during Lent. Our hope is that the devotions 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.

We will not be publishing a booklet format this year.
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PLEASE NOTE that no devotions are issued on Sundays

Earth Care Reflection/Action Calendar

In addition to the online 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). CLICK ON THE CALENDAR COVER AT RIGHT TO DOWNLOAD.

Along with the Lewinsville Lenten Devotions online, 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.”

Our Recent Devotions are listed below. As Lent 2022 progresses, the latest devotions will be listed here:

Thursday, March 24

Psalm 102: 26-27 (NRSV) “They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing and they pass away. But you are the same, and your years have no end.” Devotion A couple of years ago, one of my professors at Princeton Seminary said something striking in a…

Wednesday, March 23

Psalm 27:10 (NIV) Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Devotion This verse might seem a bit strange appearing in the same Hebrew Bible whose fifth commandment is to “honor thy father and mother” and much of whose Pentateuch teaches the importance of embracing one’s genealogy, but the Hebrew Bible…

Tuesday, March 22  

Psalm 73:13-14, 23-25 (NIV) Surely in vain I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.  All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning. … Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and…

Monday, March 21

Psalm 6, Psalm 39 and Psalm 121 (NRSV) Psalm 6 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,    or discipline me in your wrath.Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;    O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.My soul also is struck with terror,    while you, O Lord—how…

Saturday, March 19

Psalm 31; Psalm 41; Psalm 65; Psalm 143 Psalm 149 Praise the Lord!Sing to the Lord a new song,    his praise in the assembly of the faithful.Let Israel be glad in its Maker;    let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.Let them praise his name with dancing,    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.For the Lord…

Friday, March 18

Psalm 50: 1-2 The mighty one, God the Lord,   speaks and summons the earth   from the rising of the sun to its setting.Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,   God shines forth. Devotion Having grown up in the church, I’ve had more than a passing exposure to a dozen or so pastors. I’ve observed most…

Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day

Psalm 49, 147:12-20, 126, 102 Psalm 63:1-8 O God, you are my God, I seek you,    my soul thirsts for you;my flesh faints for you,    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,    beholding your power and glory.Because your steadfast love is better than life,    my lips…

Wednesday, March 16

Psalm 13 “Cliff Notes” for the Psalms (NRSV) 1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and answer me,…

Tuesday, March 15

Psalm 91:9-10 (NRSV) Because you have made the Lord your refuge,    the Most High your dwelling place,no evil shall befall you,    no scourge come near your tent. Devotion In the novel Beloved, Toni Morrison writes about Baby Suggs, an enslaved Black woman who gives her sermons in the forest instead of a church. From her…

Monday, March 14

Psalm 29 (TLB) Praise the Lord, you angels of his; praise his glory and his strength. Praise him for his majestic glory, the glory of his name. Come before him clothed in sacred garments. The voice of the Lord echoes from the clouds. The God of glory thunders through the skies. So powerful is his…