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“Encounters With Jesus”: Introduction to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church’s 2017 Lenten Devotional

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  • all posts containing parts of the 2017 Lenten Devotional have the generic name “LPC members” in the author field. To identify the individual author of a post — in this case, Rev. Scott Ramsey — see the bottom of the post.
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Dear friends of Lewinsville,

During Lent, the church engages in a 40-day period of preparation for the great events of Holy Week – the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  These events of Holy Week stand at the center of our Christian faith.  At its heart, Lent is a time for us to encounter Jesus in our lives in a new way.

During Sunday worship this Lent, we will be reading several extended stories from the Gospel of John that describe – in great detail – the encounters of different individuals with Jesus.  We will meet:  a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Samaritan woman at a well, a man born blind, and Jesus’ good friend Lazarus who had died.  Additionally, the first Sunday of Lent (March 5) will be the presentation of the Cantata about the Old Testament character of Joseph (he of the “coat of many colors”).

In each of these stories, a person has a powerful encounter with the grace of God in the midst of the pain of life.  God’s grace enters into these person’s situations in remarkable ways – sometimes it is direct and obvious, sometimes it is more hidden.  In each case, the individual is transformed and made new.

The promise for us is that we also will be transformed as we receive the grace of Jesus into our own lives.  We invite you to enter into these stories, and allow them to be a vehicle for you to encounter Jesus in new ways.

It is our joy to offer you this Lenten devotional booklet, organized around the theme of “encounters with Jesus.” Written by members of the Lewinsville community of faith, these daily devotional readings are largely based on the gospel texts for each week. Having several different reflections on the same gospel story will provide different perspectives from which to enter into the narrative, and to have our own encounters with Jesus.

We invite you to use these readings as part of your daily spiritual practice during Lent.  Our prayer is that they may be a helpful companion as you encounter Jesus in new ways.

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