A final message from the LPC 2013 Lenten Devotional

If you followed Lewinsville’s member-written Lenten devotional via blog or email in 2013, and would like to do so again in 2014, you’ll find the 2014 devotional at http://lpclent14.wordpress.com/ .  If you’d like to subscribe, please enter your email where indicated at the top of the righthand menu, just below the banner image (subscriptions from 2013 don’t transfer).  If you’re already following the 2014 devotional, apologies for the unnecessary message.  

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Easter Day, March 31

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Please join us for a festival service at 9 or 11 a.m., with an Easter egg hunt on the Peters Green at 10:15. Readings are listed below; details are available at http://www.lewinsville.org.

Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm 118:1 2, 14 24
I Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12

Here endeth the devotional, and the blog. Thanks for joining us in this Lenten journey. If you have ideas for other ways we might use this format to strengthen the bonds among members of the LPC faith community, and our connections with those in the wider community and the world, please let us know.

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Holy Saturday, March 30

Please join us for the Easter Vigil today at 7:30. Readings are listed below; details are available at http://www.lewinsville.org .

Genesis 1:1-2a
Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18; 9:8-13
Psalm 46
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18
Isaiah 55:1-11
Isaiah 12:2-6
Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21, 9:4b-6
Ezekiel 36:24-28
Psalm 42 and 43
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 143
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Psalm 98i
Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 114
Luke 24:1-12

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Good Friday, March 29

Note: the daily devotions ended on Weds. March 27. Please join us for the Good Friday service today at 7:30. Readings are listed below; details are available at http://www.lewinsville.org .

Isaiah 52:12-53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42

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Maundy Thursday, March 28

Note: the daily devotions ended yesterday, Weds. March 27. Please join us for the Maundy Thursday service today at 7:30. Readings are listed below; details are available at http://www.lewinsville.org .

Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14                         
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
I Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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Wednesday, March 27

Peter Disowns Jesus

Luke 22: 54-62

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance.When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.  Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.”

But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.”

But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”

About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”

’Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.”But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.


Are we like Peter?  Do we need to have Christ physically turn and look us in the eye to make us remember His words?  Do we also have roosters who are sent to remind us of our loving God who knows all of our human weaknesses and shortcomings and still calls us to be in relationship with Him? What is in the background of our lives that we are ignoring?   What can we do to make ourselves stop and pay attention to the roosters that might be crowing for us to listen?

It is too easy to be like Peter and follow at a distance that we perceive to be safer or more comfortable.  Our human nature leads us to “play it safe.”  We don’t want to offend, to chance mixing religion with work, or run the risk of looking like a fanatic.  Our logical reasoning sometimes puts us in the shadows pretending that we don’t really know Christ or are not really with Him.  What will it take for each of us to remember Christ’s words–to step forward and walk with Christ, to live and be visibly present and counted as “with Christ”?   We need to claim and walk with Christ beyond the pews of our church.


Lord, thank you for loving us and directing us to your words and to be in relationship with you.  Help us to find and hear the roosters in our lives to remind us that you claim us and we need to claim you.  Thank you for giving us your son to show us the way.   Please give us the strength to step forward to be present with you rather than choosing to follow at a safe distance or hide in the shadows.  Amen.

Kathy Porterfield

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Tuesday, March 26

Jesus Arrested

Luke 22:47-53

While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?’

When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, ‘Lord, should we strike with the sword?’  Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.  But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched his ear and healed him.

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit?When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!’


The passage from Luke explains Jesus’ reaction to those coming for him, and helps us all to know his unwavering faith in God.  It starts with the intended kiss from Judas and Christ calling out his betrayal, so we know that Christ was aware of what was to come.  It then goes on to describe the sin of those coming for him as “darkness.”  What an accurate description of our feelings and our lives when sin takes over and we are lost.  Christ was aware that he was being betrayed and yet he also went so far as to protect those coming for him so that the inevitable would be able to happen.  That Christ reached out and healed one of those coming for him portrays his ability to forgive and continue to care for all.

The lesson is revealed in how Christ reacts to those coming for him.  He questions why they come for him armed for war when they have spent time with him on a daily basis.  His willingness to go is an example of the grace and sacrifice we all should incorporate into our lives.  Let us all go forward with Christ’s acceptance and recognition of the sin around us while rejecting the desire to add further conflict.  May we all strengthen our faith in God and his intentions so that we too may act with such grace when faced with adversity.


Dear Lord, thank you for sacrificing your son, Jesus Christ, and for helping us to know you and have faith through him.  Please help us to continue to follow the word and continue to grow in our faith.  May we have the strength and knowledge to bring your grace into our daily lives. In Jesus Christ’s name we pray. 

Sallie Robinson

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