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A Lenten Devotion (Week 3)

O Christ, you offer us healing; may we live by your life.

O Christ, you renew our hope; may we live by your life.

O Christ, you sat at the table with sinners; may we live by your life.

O Christ, you raised up your friend Lazarus; may we live by your life.

O Christ, you forgave Peter when he repudiated you and you called him to follow you; may we live by your life.

O Christ, in you our resurrection has already begun; may we live by your life.

Prayer for Each Day, 1997 and 1998 Ateliers et Presses de Taize

A Lenten Devotion (Week 2)

Jesus said, "The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?" (Luke 9:22-25)

For the victims of war and violence, we pray.

For those wounded by the constraints and the harshness of life, O God, we pray.

For the elderly and the ill who are alone, we pray.

For those who devote their energies to restoring peace, to creating justice, to helping those we suffer, O God, we pray.

O Christ, you died and rose for us so that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.

Prayer for Each Day, 1997 and 1998 Ateliers et Presses de Taize

A Prayer from the Taize Community for Lent (1)

Is not this the fast that I choose:    to loose the bonds of injustice,    to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free,    and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,    and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them,    and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,    and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you,    the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard (Isaiah 58:6-8).
God our Father, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. We pray to you.
Lord, you promise us new heavens and a new earth. Renew our hope.
You have freed us from slavery by giving us your only Son; you open for us the way of freedom.
Enable us to listen to your Word and to welcome it with hearts filled with love.
We were dead and you brought us back to life through the Spirit; we were sinners and you continually restore us to purity of heart.
God of peace, you do …

Lent at Lectio

This past Sunday was the best attended service at Lectio since early September, and the sixth consecutive Sunday when we increased in attendance. Thank you for your support! The season of Lent, a 40 day spiritual journey to grow as disciples of Christ, begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. I wanted to give everyone an idea of the material we will be covering in the Chapel during Lent at 9:00. The Sanctuary services at Custer Road (9:00 and 10:30) will feature the series "Making a Messiah," an intimate exploration of Jesus' passion.

As a reminder, worship at Lectio follows a different pattern and emphasis than many other services. We do not have a choir or special anthems and soloists; we sing hymns at the beginning and end, and there are special piano pieces offered by our very gifted Xiao Wang, a doctoral student in piano at UNT. We read all four lectionary texts each Sunday, and the sermons, which have a strong teaching emphasis, are based on those texts-- often seeking…