Lent begins with Ash Wednesday – this year on February 14, 2018. We invite you to use Lent as a time for reflection and growth. Here are a few materials for Lenten devotions:
Devotional series: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) have collaborated on an offering for Lent, created to help you deepen your relationship with God.
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is a six-week journey of reflection and prayer that includes daily prayer-filled videos delivered to your inbox and a prayer journal.
Devotional series: Praying in Color
Praying in Color offers adults and children a way to mark the day-by-day journey of Lent daily praying & drawing with a calendar template.
The author says, “It doesn’t involve making false promises to myself about sitting down for thirty minutes a day and praying/studying/meditating and then feeling guilty when I fail… I think of each mark or stroke of color as a wordless prayer.” Several calendar templates are offered, along with suggestions for ways to pray with doodling.
Growth & learning on the lighter side: Lent Madness
Join a happy group of Episcopalians for Lent Madness! This is an engaging way to learn about the men and women who are on the church’s calendar of saints. When you sign up on the website LentMadness.org, you’ll receive notifications of the daily competitions. It’s a tournament-style bracket that progresses through Lent, leading you to learn about important people in church history and to discuss them with others in social media. We’ll have a copy of the bracket in the church office for you to review, too. Questions? Contact Mary Beth Butler at 940-206-6138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations
Available in English and Spanish, this year’s devotional from ERD focuses on Early Childhood Development. As such, they have asked faith leaders from across our Anglican family to write reflections with a focus on children. These deeply meaningful meditations explore how children inform our spirituality and what we can learn from their spiritual lives. You can download a PDF booklet of meditations or signup for daily emails here.