Lenten Devotional for February 25th

LESSON What did the writer of John want his readers to learn about God? In other words, why did John write his Gospel?  John wanted his readers to know that the love of God is deeper, broader, and richer than we can imagine.  Look at John 3:16: "God so loved the...

Lenten Devotional for February 23rd

PSALM 121 | Assurance of God's Protection A song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills-- from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps...

Lenten Devotional for February 22nd

FOR LONGING Blessed be the longing that brought you here and quickens your soul with wonder.  May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.  May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your...

Lenten Devotional for February 21st

SCRIPTURE | John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God."...

Lenten Devotional for February 19th

SCRIPTURE | John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God."...

Lenten Devotional for February 18th

LESSON Each of the four gospels that tells about Jesus’ life and ministry was written within a community. That may sound a little strange because we know the gospel writers by their first names: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. What might not be as obvious to us is that...

Lenten Devotional for February 16th

PSALM 30 | Thanksgiving for Recovery from Grave Illness A Psalm. A song at the dedication of the temple. Of David. I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed...

Lenten Devotional for February 15th

REFLECTION We kneel before our pastor, and those hands which have, on other days, fed us the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper now smear a rough cross on our foreheads with the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This beautiful and...

Lenten Devotional for February 14th

Lent 2024 - Encountering Jesus During Lent, we have the opportunity to live into greater faithfulness and away from the disordered ways we have become accustomed to. Using stories from the Gospel of John, this season’s Sunday sermons will focus on encounters with...

Christmas Devotional for December 25th

The Birth of Jesus 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also...

Advent Devotional for December 24th

Isaiah 9:2-7 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness---on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people...

Advent Devotional for December 23rd

John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved...

Advent Devotional for December 22nd

John 1:9-18 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his people did not accept him. 12 But to all who...

Advent Devotional for December 21st

John 1:1-8 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and...

Advent Devotional for December 20th

Isaiah 52:7-9 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." 8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in...

Advent Devotional for December 19th

The Return of the Redeemed to Zion 1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of our...

Advent Devotional for December 18th

The Peaceable Kingdom 1 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear...

Advent Devotional for December 17th

The Good News of Deliverance 1 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim...

Advent Devotional for December 16th

The Shepherds and the Angels 1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to...

Advent Devotional for December 15th

Jesus Calls the First Disciples 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." 18 And immediately they...

Advent Devotional for December 14th

Jesus Is Named 21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him...

Advent Devotional for December 13th

Luke 2:15-20 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and...

Advent Devotional for December 12th

The Shepherds and the Angels 8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said...

Advent Devotional for December 11th

The Birth of Jesus 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also...

Advent Devotional for December 10th

God’s People Are Comforted 1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out: "In...

Advent Devotional for December 9th

The Birth of John the Baptist 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.  58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.  59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child,...

Advent Devotional for December 8th

Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with...

Advent Devotional for December 7th

The Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 The angel went to...

Advent Devotional for December 6th

Zechariah Is Unable To Speak 18 Zechariah said to the angel, "How will I know this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years." 19 The angel replied, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring...