Lent 2021


The Word Walking In Our Shoes

Readings: John 1:14  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in very nature[a] God,    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,    being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man,    he humbled himself    by becoming obedient to death—        even death on a cross! Reflection: I remember before having kids I would see young fathers......

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Give Us Our Daily Bread

 Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-15   Reflections: The Lord’s Prayer is perhaps one of the most famous prayers in Christian history. It is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. In it, he includes this phrase, “Give us today our daily bread.” When the disciples heard this they would have immediately thought of God feeding God’s people in the desert (Exodus 16). God gave bread from heaven every day to feed the people. They would have intuitively remembered the people of Israel groaning and complaining and they would have remembered God’s faithfulness to the......

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Lectio Divina - Jesus & Bread

Scripture Reading: John 6:25-59   Reflection #1 : Jesus gained quite a following after he had fed 5,000 people and walked on water. The disciples were continually confused by Jesus and his words and his ways. In John 6, the disciples can’t find Jesus. They are looking for him and finally find him on the “other side of the lake” (John 6:25). It’s a funny question that they ask Jesus once they find him. “Rabbi, when did you get here?” (John 6:26).  Practice #1:  As you approach time with Jesus this morning, spend some......

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Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish

Scripture Reading: John 6:1-15 6 After this Jesus went across the Galilee Sea (that is, the Tiberias Sea). 2 A large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had done among the sick. 3 Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. 4 It was nearly time for Passover, the Jewish festival. 5 Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. He asked Philip, “Where will we buy food to feed these people?” 6 Jesus said this to test him, for he already knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip replied, “More than......

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Bread and Faithfulness

Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:4-11 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I’m going to make bread rain down from the sky for you. The people will go out each day and gather just enough for that day. In this way, I’ll test them to see whether or not they follow my Instruction. 5 On the sixth day, when they measure out what they have collected, it will be twice as much as they collected on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “This evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of......

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How will God provide for us now?

Scripture Reading | Exodus 16:1-10 16 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Sin desert, which is located between Elim and Sinai. They set out on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt. 2 The whole Israelite community complained against Moses and Aaron in the desert. 3 The Israelites said to them, “Oh, how we wish that the Lord had just put us to death while we were still in the land of Egypt. There we could sit by the pots cooking meat......

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The Writing in the Dirt

Scripture Reading | John 8:1-11 8 1 and Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he returned to the temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The legal experts and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. Placing her in the center of the group, 4 they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. 5 In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone women like this. What do you say?” 6 They said this to test him, because they wanted a reason to bring an accusation......

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Death and Dirt

Scripture | John 12:23-26 23 Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Human One to be glorified. 24 I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their lives will lose them, and those who hate their lives in this world will keep them forever. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me. Wherever I am, there my servant will also be. My Father will honor whoever serves......

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The Dust of His Feet

Matthew 4:18-22 18 As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 20 Right away, they left their nets and followed him. 21 Continuing on, he saw another set of brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father repairing their nets. Jesus called them and 22 immediately they......

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In the Dirt with God

Scripture Reading | Genesis 32:23–31 23 He took them and everything that belonged to him, and he helped them cross the river. 24 But Jacob stayed apart by himself, and a man wrestled with him until dawn broke. 25 When the man saw that he couldn’t defeat Jacob, he grabbed Jacob’s thigh and tore a muscle in Jacob’s thigh as he wrestled with him. 26 The man said, “Let me go because the dawn is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I won’t let you go until you bless me.” 27 He said to Jacob, “What’s your name?” and he said,......

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