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: https://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 11:5-13 He also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has arrived and I have nothing to set before...
Luke 11:1-4 Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 Jesus told them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom. 3 ...
Luke 18:18-1-8 Jesus was telling them a parable about their need to pray continuously and not to be discouraged. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him,...
Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Keeping their distance from him, 13 they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, show us...
Luke 17:1-6 Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause people to trip and fall into sin must happen, but how terrible it is for the person through whom they happen. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into a lake with a large stone hung around their neck...
Luke 16:19-31 “There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every day. 20 At his gate lay a certain poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. 21 Lazarus longed to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich...
Luke 15:8-10 “Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it? 9 When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me...
Luke 15:3-7 Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose someone among you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them. Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he is thrilled and places...
Luke 15:25-32 “Now his older son was in the field. Coming in from the field, he approached the house and heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the servants and asked what was going on. 27 The servant replied, ‘Your brother has arrived, and your father has...
Luke 15:11-24 Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons. 12 The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’ Then the father divided his estate between them. 13 Soon afterward, the younger son gathered everything together and took a...
'Hymn of Promise' by Natalie Sleeth In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, Unrevealed until its season, something God...
James 2:18-24 Someone might claim, “You have faith and I have action.” But how can I see your faith apart from your actions? Instead, I’ll show you my faith by putting it into practice in faithful action. 19 It’s good that you believe that God is one. Ha! Even the...