2020 Lenten Devotional

The 2020 Lenten Devotional is available in print, via email, via text message, and online. Each day’s entry will be posted here.

Lenten Devotional Posts

putting flowers on the cross

Sunday, April 12, 2020

…that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again. Luke 24:7 It fills…
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good friday-darkness

Saturday, April 11, 2020

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5 Hope keeps us going. A life without hope lacks drive…
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a sign on a building: I go to prepare a place for you.

Friday, April 10, 2020

I go to prepare a place for you. John 14: 2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would…
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the sanctuary window- jesus in stained glass

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Psalms 66:1 JOY! Does anyone else find it challenging to find joy in your everyday life? I’ll…
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a cross and a window

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” Luke 23:20-21 Pontius Pilate wanted to release Jesus because he had…
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children listening to the pastor

Monday, April 6, 2020

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21 This week we reflect on Jesus’ walk to…
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a man reading from a stand

Saturday, April 4, 2020

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!  The…
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a stone cross outdoors

Friday, April 3, 2020

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east. Genesis 2:8 Have you ever planted a garden?  Maybe your idea of gardening is one indoor plant. …
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a fancy cross with a purpler drape

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Of the blue, purple, and crimson yarns they made finely worked vestments, for ministering in the holy place. Exodus 39:1 I was familiar with the…
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a cross through the rain

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went…
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a cross on a wall

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

… according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear. Haggai 2:5…
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a stone cross outdoors

Monday, March 30, 2020

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season.” Change is constant…
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a person reading in costume

Saturday, March 28, 2020

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him,…
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a dark sanctuary

Friday, March 27, 2020

Therefore, it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without revelation. Micah 3:6 I have spent most of my adult life…
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a side view of a stone cross outside

Thursday, March 26, 2020

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up…
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a plant blooming--yellow blooms

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.  1 Chronicles 16:33 This scripture, as…
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Pastor Larry reading to children

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

And now, my children, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Proverbs 7:24 I grew up attending Ingomar UMC near…
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the trinity sanctuary in morning light

Monday, March 23, 2020

Then about sunset a shout went through the army, “Every man to his city, and every man to his country!” 1 Kings 22:36 Ahab, the…
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a man in dark costume

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Matthew 27:22…
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the stained glass window from the outside

Friday, March 20, 2020

My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?” Psalms 42:3 Viktor Frankl in his…
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a yellow daffodil

Thursday, March 19, 2020

He said to me, “Count up for me those who have not yet come, and gather for me the scattered raindrops, and make the withered…
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a cross in light and shadows

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. Psalm 18:28 Darkness is not usually associated with joy or happiness. …
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the wooden corss draped with purple

Monday, March 16, 2020

Christ crucified…. a social disgrace to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. 1 Corinthians 1:23  In short, the Cross is an irrelevant source of…
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the choir singing

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

…there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he…
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a woman in costume reading

Saturday, March 14, 2020

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Matthew 4:19 During Lent I portrayed Mary, Mother of James…
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a stained glass window with a dove

Friday, March 13, 2020

…and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so, Noah knew that…
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a circle window in the snow

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Look up to the bare heights,and see! Jeremiah 3:2 I look at this photo and the memory comes back.  March.  A cold, gray, dreary day.…
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chalice and plate

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:13 While Peter, James and John slept in Gethsemane;…
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flowers in a vase

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” John 15:1 What better assurance of God’s love than to know that He…
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a dark sanctuary

Monday, March 9, 2020

The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. Isaiah 32:17 God’s sanctuary is wherever we encounter him.…
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a woman reading in costume

Saturday, March 7, 2020

“…but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in…
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Jesus in stained glass

Friday, March 6, 2020

But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as…
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a piano and hymnal

Thursday, March 5, 2020

But get me a musician. And then, while the musician was playing, the power of the Lord came on him. 2 Kings 3:15 In one version of…
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Pastor Larry giving ashes

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

But then a hand touched me and roused me to my hands and knees. Daniel 10:10 Today’s scripture verse describes something of an awakening.  The prophet…
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the church at night

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28 Rest … it conjures up different…
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the altar at lent

Monday, March 2, 2020

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of…
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tree shadows on the ground

Friday, February 28, 2020

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7 I just love this…
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In our staff meeting on February 19, all things Lent was part of the conversation. Preparation for Lent is a tad bit different than prepping…
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