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DEVOTIONS FOR SECOND WEEK IN LENT

The passages for the second week of Lent remind us of the upside-down nature of God's kingdom: the last are first, the first are last; what people reject is what God chooses; humility and gentleness are the marks of the true King; and the weak and the small are God's guests of honor. In order to appreciate the upside-down kingdom, we need to see the King for who He is, which is why we begin this week with the story of the Transfiguration.

Second Sunday of Lent March 1, 2015
Scripture: Luke 9:28-29
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to be people who pray and keep our focus on You, just as You were a person who prayed and kept Your eyes on Your Father. Amen.
Question: Why do you think Jesus went to the mountain to pray? Why did His clothes turn such a bright white?

Monday
Scripture: Luke 9:30-32 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story) Also, Moses and Elijah are mentioned in this story. If you need to refresh your memory, Moses' story is found in Exodus 2:20; Elijah's in 1 Kings 17-19.
Prayer: Jesus, sometimes we are like the disciples. We forget You are with us. We forget to pray. We fall asleep. Wake us up when we forget You and remind us who You really are, that You are God. Amen.
Question: Why do you think the disciples were falling asleep while they prayed? What do you think it would look like to see Jesus' glory?

Tuesday
Scripture: Luke 9:33-35 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story)
Prayer: Jesus, You are God's beloved Son. Help us to listen to You and do as You ask us. Amen.
Question: Why do you think Peter wanted to build houses for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah? How do you think the disciples felt when they heard God's voice speaking from the cloud?

Wednesday
Scripture: Matthew 20:16 (preface this verse with "Jesus said...")
Prayer: Jesus, You are from the beginning, the Firstborn of all creation, and You became last for our sakes. Help us to be like you, seeking the good of others, putting them ahead of ourselves. Amen.
Question: What do you think Jesus means when he says the first shall be last? Can you think of a time when the first became last? What about when the last became first?

Thursday
Scripture: Matthew 21:42
Prayer: Jesus, You are the stone the builders rejected. Help us to not be like those builders. Help us to listen to You and build our lives on You. Amen.
Question: Why would builders reject a stone? Why do you think people rejected Jesus? When do we reject Jesus, by choosing to do things that would not be pleasing to Him?

Friday
Scripture: Matthew 11:29-30 (preface this verse with "Jesus said...")
Prayer: Jesus, help us learn from You how to be gentle. Amen.
Question: What does it look like to be gentle? How have you been gentle today or this week?

Saturday
Scripture: Mark 10:13-16
Prayer: Jesus, help us to know how much You love us and how much You enjoy being with us. We want to be with You, too, even though we sometimes forget. Amen.
Question: Why do you think the disciples told the people to stop bringing the children to Jesus? Why do you think Jesus wanted to be with the children?

DEVOTIONS FOR LENT - First Week: Into the Wilderness

DEVOTIONS FOR LENT
First Week of Lent: Into the Wilderness

The stories for the first week of Lent are of Jesus' temptations in the wilderness and His calling of the first disciples. Though the passages may not seem related at first glance, the theme of faithfulness to God's call united them. As you ask the questions for each day, you may also want to encourage one another in your chosen Lenten disciplines.

First Sunday of Lent February 22, 2015
Scripture: Matthew 3:13, 16-17
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the beloved Son of the Father. Please help us to know that we are God's beloved children too. Amen.
Question: Why do you think Jesus needed to hear the voice of God telling him he was God's beloved Son?

Monday
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-2
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You know what it feels like to fast. When our Lenten fast becomes difficult, help us to be strong as you were. Amen.
Question: Lent is 40 days long. Based on today's reading, why do you think we fast for 40 days to get ready for Easter? Why do you think Jesus fasted for 40 days?

Tuesday
Scripture: Matthew 4:3-4 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story) Prayer: Lord Jesus, even though you were hungry, you did not give in to the devil's temptation. When we are tempted to do something we know we shouldn't , help us to resist the temptation as you did. Amen.
Question: What is something you were tempted to do today that you knew you shouldn't do? Did you give in to the temptation or did you say no to it? How do you feel about the decision? (If it seems appropriate, you could pray with your child for forgiveness if he or she did give in to this temptation and then assure him or her of Jesus' love and pardon.)

Wednesday
Scripture: Matthew 4:5-7 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we wonder whether the Father loves us, remind us that He does love us, and that You love us – always and forever. Amen.
Question: What do you think would have happened if Jesus had listened to the devil and thrown Himself off of the temple? Why?

Thursday
Scripture: Matthew 4:9-11 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You refused to worship anyone but God alone. Help us to only worship God, too. Amen.
Question: Why is it a bad idea to worship the devil? What about other things – why is it bad to worship them? How do you think Jesus felt after he told the devil to get lost?

Friday
Scripture: Matthew 4:18-20
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You call us to follow You, just as You called Peter and Andrew. Help us to listen to You and do what You ask us to do. Amen.
Question: Why do you think Peter and Andrew just left their nets and followed Jesus? Do you think that was a good idea? Why (not)?

Saturday
Scripture: Matthew 4:21-22
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You called Peter and Andrew and James and John, and You call us, too. Help us to be willing to follow You wherever You lead us. Amen.
Question: How do you think James and John felt when Jesus called them? How did their father feel when they left him sitting in the boat?

Ash Wednesday Devotions and the days that follow...

Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me.

Ash Wednesday February 18, 2015
Scripture: Joel 2:15-16
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we enter into Lent, May we be mindful of You, remembering Your great gift of life for us. Amen.
Question: Today is the first day of Lent, the season when we prepare for Easter. Many Christians fast during Lent. Fasting is when we choose not to eat certain food or participate in a certain activity, so that we can focus on Jesus instead. What might our family fast from during Lent?

Thursday
Scripture: Joel 2:12-13
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are a God of steadfast love. May we turn to you whenever we do something wrong and seek your forgiveness. Amen.
Question: Today is the second day of Lent. One of the things that many Christians do during Lent is repent. "Repent" means to turn around from doing wrong things and to go in a different direction – toward what is right. Let's think of one thing that each of us can repent of during Lent.

Friday
Scripture: Matthew 6:2-4
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are a generous god. Help us to be generous with others. Amen.
Question: Today is the third day in Lent. One of the things that many Christians do during Lent is give to people who have less than they do. Who can we give to? What can we give?

Saturday
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us this lent to learn to love You more, so we might lay up treasure in Heaven. Amen.
Question: Today is the fourth day of Lent. During Lent, Christians fast, repent, and give to people who have less than they do. Let's remind each other: What is our Lenten fast? What are each of us repenting of? Who are we giving to? What are we giving?

Church Calendar

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United Methodist Women
Tue Mar 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
T'ai Ch'i
Thu Mar 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Choir Practice
Fri Mar 06 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Wing & A Prayer
Sun Mar 08 @ 8:45AM - 09:45AM
Praise Team Practice
Sun Mar 08 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
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Sun Mar 08 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Awesome Worship
Tue Mar 10 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Finance Meeting
Wed Mar 11 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
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