Lent 2024 | Day 10
on February 19th, 2024
By Janet NygrenDay 10 (Saturday, Feb 24) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.1Pause and pray.“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philip...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 9
on February 19th, 2024
By Janet NygrenDay 9 (Friday, Feb 23) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.1Pause and pray.“I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs… He was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, a...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 8
on February 19th, 2024
By Janet NygrenDay 8 (Thursday, Feb 22) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.1Pause and pray.“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” (Philippians...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 7
on February 19th, 2024
By Janet NygrenDay 7 (Wednesday, Feb 21) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.1Pause and pray.“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in ch...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 6
on February 18th, 2024
By Janet NygrenDay 6 (Tuesday, Feb 20)As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.1Pause and pray.“Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus who…made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness…He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!Therefore God exalted...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 5
on February 18th, 2024
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Lent 2024 | Day 4
on February 13th, 2024
Day 4 (Saturday, Feb 17) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.Pause and pray.All come from dust, and to dust all return. (Ecclesiastes 3:20)Think about it.Fasting falls in the "dying with Jesus" category. We want to consider "rising with Jesus" as well, especially as we prepare for worship tomorrow, our weekly res...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 3
on February 13th, 2024
Day 3 (Friday, Feb 16) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.Pause and pray.“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer w...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 2
on February 13th, 2024
Day 2 (Thursday, Feb 15) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.Pause and pray.“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding ...  Read More
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Lent 2024 | Day 1
on February 13th, 2024
Day 1 (Ash Wednesday, Feb 14) As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.Pause and pray.“My soul thirsts for God, the living God.” (Psalm 42:2)Think about it.Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, 40 days of preparation for the great celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Our theme at UCC this Lent is Dyin...  Read More
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Holy Week | Friday
on April 6th, 2023
This is Jesus’ last recorded parable in Luke before he arrives in Jerusalem, so it is a fitting end to our Lenten devotionals. Once again, Jesus wants to correct wrong expectations, but also stir up his followers’ thinking. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts regarding how you should respond to Jesus, even as you remember his death today, and await his first return on Easter. 11 While they...  Read More
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Holy Week | Thursday
on April 5th, 2023
Our expectations have a lot to do with our responses. If we think Jesus came to take away difficulties, we set ourselves up for a lot of disappointment. But sometimes we live as if that were true. Thankfully, Jesus is honest with us about what to expect. Invite the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see how this passage applies to your own life as you reflect on it. 1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Th...  Read More
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