Islington's 2020 Lenten Devotional Series

Introduction

Islington's 2020 Lenten Devotional Series


This project is dedicated to the Life, Ministry and Mission of Jesus Christ and our shared ministry at Islington United Church.

Welcome Friends to the Islington United Church Lenten and Easter Devotional project. May these offerings encourage you to develop a personal relationship with our Lord.

 
We are about to embark on a daily journey during the 40 days of Lent, through the emotions of Holy Week and the joy of Easter. Members of our Faith Community have offered their gifts of creativity to share devotional opportunities; they represent the diversity that is Islington United Church. Each day a personal reflection of how the contributor experiences God is offered in hopes that you will be encouraged to wonder how the Story and their stories meet your story. This year for our Lenten Devotional reference we are reading through The Bible as a novel, called The Story. You can purchase a copy of The Story online or at the church office. You do not need the resource to follow along, each day there will be a video synopsis of the chapter or you can listen to the sermons that go with each chapter already posted on the website. This allows you to read through the entire Bible (with some abridging) during the 40 days of Lent. We can’t wait for you to join us. The Spirit is up to something, and we get to be part of it together. God Bless You.
 

We Read to know that we are not alone – C.S. Lewis

 
The week before Holy Week, we have been given permission to post the daily pages that develop the theme of the Week of Guided Prayer**- more information can be found on our church website or at the main office. The 2020 theme is Rocking & Rolling with God. Rock & Roll also reminds us that God is present in all places and at all times – especially in the most unlikely of places. Throughout this week of guided prayer, you are invited to explore where God is present in the everyday places of your life and how God can be the foundation and cornerstone of our lives.

 

Thank you to all who answered the call to participate in this project. Saying ‘yes’ is an act of faith; we trust that God, “the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth” will empower us to create as well. For many of us, this was a challenging new experience. We felt humbled and a little vulnerable as we shared some personal insights as well as precious stories about our faith journeys. We thank our leadership team for their encouragement, support and participation. Most importantly, we give thanks to God “who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.”(Ephesians 3:15, 20 NRSV)*


May this Lenten journey draw you into deeper relationship with the Christ who walks before, behind, beside and within you. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for harm, to give you a future of hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)


* A word about the scriptures – The scripture passages can be accessed by simply clicking on them. You can also visit www.biblegateway.com. Many translations of the Bible are available; sometimes it is helpful to read from one or two different versions. Our pew Bibles are the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). A couple of others available are the New International Version (NIV) and the New Living Translation (NLT). There is also a modern paraphrased version called The Message (MSG) or The Voice (Voice)

** Week of Guided Prayer is an ecumenical initiative under the direction of the Western Ontario Waterways Region(WOW) of The United Church of Canada. Theme graphics by liannamation.com.

 


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