Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lenten Journey Devotionals - Week 2

Happy Sunday! We look forward to worshiping with you at 8:30am or 11am and connecting with you at 9:45am for Adult Bible Fellowships and Sunday school for all ages.

Did you know the Christian Church universal has moved into a season on the Church calendar called Lent? Lent is a season marked by fasting: an inward journey encouraging us to consider our sin before God for purification and preparation for the work He has for us. It is also a corporate journey as the Body of Christ walks through this season together.

To aid in this Shirley Saddler still has "Seek God for the City" devotional books available in the foyer of the church. This is available in app form as well (Seek God 2018). Check with her to participate.

Additionally, Jeff Brady is encouraging our youth to dig into the Bible in slightly smaller bites with Lenten Fast themed Scripture selections. In the pursuit of our Body of Christ connecting ever deeper, the youth group has made these available to the whole church as well (below, in this post).

However you choose to engage and deepen your faith walk this Lent, remember that we're all in this together. Hanfield UMC i
s here for you, we all are seeking and praying for revival together, and eagerly anticipating Resurrection in our lives, community, and world this Easter and beyond. We hope these resources are helpful. Thank you!

Lenten Devotional Scriptures -  Week 2
During this season of Lent we challenge you to seek God by exploring the truths of Scripture, His words to us.
Begin each reading with a prayer, “Lord, please speak to my heart, grant understand, and help me live it out. Amen.”

Feb 25: Matthew 6:5-15
- When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He made clear that ego will not get us to the Father’s heart. Whose will shall be done? If ours, we’ve missed something.

Feb 26: James 4:1-12
- If we are attempting to rend our hearts and test our fast for good fruit and overcome our ego, then let us find some practical words to each of those ends.

Feb 27: Jonah 3:1-10
- Let us not forget that we once lived in, and occasionally re-visit, our own sort of inner Ninevah, so please, keep doing the inner-heart work to let God redeem us.

Feb 28: Psalm 130
- May the song book of old continue the inner-heart work of these first two weeks of Lent and refresh us for more.

Mar 1: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
So often we forget to meditate on God’s Scripture in order to “write it in our hearts”. Rather, we fill our hearts with so much else. Let reset, refresh, and re-seek God.

Mar 2: Ezekiel 18:21-28
- God’s grace is so easily forgotten as we judge the wickedness around us. At other times we ignore the wickedness in our own lives and prevent God from giving grace. But He is offering free grace to you. Will you take it?

Mar 3: Psalm 51

- Like the woman washing Jesus’ feet, let us acknowledge our own sin and beg forgiveness. It is in waiting upon Him that we find His heart.

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