Devotional Blog - Lent 2016
PVUMC’s 2016 Lenten Blog – 137 Miles: A Journey with Jesus
This year, we invite you to join the community of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church as we walk this journey with Jesus. Lent marks 40 days from Ash Wednesday, February 10 through Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Sundays are not counted in the 40 days because they are considered “Little Easters.” Invite friends and family to share this meaningful time with you. During this season, we prepare ourselves for Easter. Traditionally, it is a time for us to pray more, read the Bible and practice self-sacrifice, private reflection and soul-searching. During this time, we encourage you to:
- Read the Gospel of Luke. The scriptures listed daily in this blog come largely from Luke, though other scriptures are also included. The translation is the Common English Version or CEV. The Lukan Travelogue of 137 miles from Mt. Tabor (Hermon) to Jerusalem has long been noted as Luke’s special section from Luke 9:51 through 18:14, which includes many well-known parables. To delve deeper into the parables, we invite you to purchase PVUMC’s study book, 137 Miles: A Journey with Jesus, available in paperback at the church for $12/copy or for $8.99 online at Amazon.com:
- Each daily devotional includes a title, scripture and a prayer. Many of the scripture references are parables. Jesus taught in parables, which invite the listener into the story. The stories are open-ended and call for you to participate. Who do you find yourself identifying with in the parables? Let God speak to you in the words from the Bible. Occasionally, a famous prayer or hymn will be used in place of the scripture.
Lenten Study Groups
To get the most out of the devotionals, and the Lenten study book, we invite you to join one of our Pathways classes listed below if you are in Phoenix, and study it with others in our faith community. Start dates are listed, and others may be added to the list next week. Read more about the small classes and see a list at: http://pvumc.org/2016/02/05/137-miles-a-journey-with-jesus/
To give you more opportunities to journey with Jesus and others in the faith community, we offer the following walks and hikes:
Prayer Walk with the Labyrinth
- Spend time alone and pray through the use of a labyrinth. We invite you to a special prayer walk on Sunday, March 6, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m., when an 11-circuit Chartres Cathedral-style labyrinth will be on the floor of the Fellowship Center. Guidance and instruction provided.
- If you are at PVUMC, we invite you to walk the outdoor 7-circuit labyrinth located in the southeast corner of the west parking lot any time. Walk to the light of the full moon on February 22 and March 19.
Prayer Hike – Phoenix Mountain Preserve – 32nd St & Lincoln Drive
We invite you to join us on a prayer hike at 9 am, Saturday, March 12. Hike at your own pace on Trail 8A, part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. There’s a small lot at the northeast corner of 32nd St & Lincoln Dr, or you can park in the lot across the street and walk over to the trailhead. We will gather for a short prayer at the beginning, and pray silently up and down the mountain. We’ll have some prayer cards to help guide your prayers, if you need guidance. The hike takes about 1 hour total to go up and down, but there are places to stop along the way. You do not have to go the entire way. Friends, and dogs on a leash, are welcome. Email Pam Selthun for more information, or to be added to the group email list. For those who are interested, we’ll write haikus – poems — at the top or when we’re done. There’s a Starbucks at 32nd St & Lincoln for fellowship afterwards.
Easter Vigil Hike and Worship – Phoenix Mountain Preserve – 32nd St & Lincoln Drive
We invite you to join us for an Easter Vigil hike at 5 pm, Saturday, March 26. Hike at your own pace on Trail 8A, part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. There’s a small lot at the northeast corner of 32nd St & Lincoln Dr, or you can park in the lot across the street and walk over to the trailhead. We will gather for a short prayer at the beginning, and have a short worship service close to sunset at the top. The hike takes about 1 hour total to go up and down, but there are places to stop along the way. Email Brenda Smith, for more information, or to be added to the group email list.
As we study 137 Miles: A Journey with Jesus, we offer a Chapter Challenge through the Gospel of Luke’s travelogue. Whether you participate or not in the hikes or walks, we encourage you to read the following chapters as a way to go deeper during the season of Lent.
Reading Challenge to Journey with Jesus through (Luke’s travelogue)
Week of 2/28 – Luke 9:51-12:59
Week of 3/6 – Luke 13-16
Week of 3/13 – Luke 17:1-19:27
3/20 (Palm Sunday) – Luke 19:28-48
3/21 – Luke 20:1-44
3/22 – Luke 20:45-21:24
3/23 – 21:25-21:38
3/24 (Maundy Thursday) – 22:1-22:53
3/25 (Good Friday) – 22:53-23:46
3/26 – 23:47-23:56
Luke 24:13-35 On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. 15 While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and...read more
Matthew 16:13-20 Now when Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Human One is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15 He said, “And...read more
Luke 22:54-62 After they arrested Jesus, they led him away and brought him to the high priest’s house. Peter followed from a distance. 55 When they lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 Then a servant woman saw him...read more
Matthew 22:36-4 “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You...read more
Deuteronomy 7:9-11 Know now then that the Lord your God is the only true God! He is the faithful God, who keeps the covenant and proves loyal to everyone who loves him and keeps his commands—even to the thousandth generation! 10 He is the God who personally repays...read more
Luke 14:25-35 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. Turning to them, he said, 26 “Whoever comes to me and doesn’t hate father and mother, spouse and children, and brothers and sisters—yes, even one’s own life—cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever doesn’t carry their own...read more
Luke 14:7-14 When Jesus noticed how the guests sought out the best seats at the table, he told them a parable. 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding celebration, don’t take your seat in the place of honor. Someone more highly regarded than you could have been...read more
Luke 19:28-40 After Jesus said this, he continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. 30 He said, “Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up...read more
Give me a candle of the spirit, O God as I go down into the deep of my own being Show me the hidden things. Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name. Give me freedom to grow so that I may become my true self – the fulfillment of the...read more
Luke 18:9-14 Jesus told this parable to certain people who had convinced themselves that they were righteous and who looked on everyone else with disgust: 10 “Two people went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee...read more
I Thessalonians 5:12-18 Brothers and sisters, we ask you to respect those who are working with you, leading you, and instructing you. 13 Think of them highly with love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn...read more
James 1:19-27 Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry. 20 This is because an angry person doesn’t produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore, with humility, set aside all moral filth and the...read more