Lenten Meditations

Lenten Meditations

Meditate on these words each day. If possible, do your meditation at the same time and place each day. Fit it into your personal way of connecting your soul with the Holy Spirit. Keep it simple. Perhaps selecting a single word as your focus. Each week has a suggested activity. Each Saturday is a Lenten Prayer from the United Methodist Hymnal to remind you of the purpose of Lent. These Lenten meditations are provided each week by one of our members, Myra Schomburg, as her Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation project. Thank you, Myra!

Lenten Meditations – Week Three

As we continue our Lenten journey together, we turn our hearts to think of Jesus’ disciples and the struggles they encountered trying to understand how they fit into Jesus’ earthly ministry. They left behind everything to follow Jesus. What is our role in that ministry today? Take some time this week to listen for your own call. What do you have to offer in the name of Christ to others?


Sunday, March 17 – Second Sunday of Lent
Mark 9:38-41. Another Exorcist
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will be no means lose the reward.”


Monday, March 18 – I Surrender All, UMH#354
V. 1 – All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live.
Refrain
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.


Tuesday, March 19 – I Surrender All
V. 2 – All to Jesus I surrender, humbly at his feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now.


Wednesday, March 20 –  I Surrender All
V. 3 – All to Jesus I surrender; make me, Savior, wholly thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit, truly know that thou art mine.


Thursday, March 21 – I Surrender All
V. 4 – All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to thee;
Fill me with thy love and power; let thy blessing fall on me.


Friday, March 22 –  I Surrender All
V. 5 – All to Jesus I surrender; now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory to his name!
Action: Clean out a drawer. Donate some of the items. If you find an item that brings back a special memory about someone, give them a call and thank them for being in your life.


Saturday, March 23
O God our deliverer, you led your people of old through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.


Lenten Meditations – Week Two

As we continue our Lenten journey together, we turn our hearts to think of all that Jesus endured during his forty days in the wilderness. This time was filled with solitude, fasting, and temptations greater than any that we ever face. His response to those temptations helped him to face many of the problems he encountered in his ministry. Just as Satan began temptations with “If you are the son of God…” People were constantly asking him for proof of who he was.


Sunday, March 10 – First Sunday of Lent
Mark 8:11-13. The Demand for a Sign
The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation. And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.


Monday, March 11 –  Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days – UMH#269
V. 1 – Lord, who throughout these forty days
For us didst fast and pray,
Teach us with thee to mourn our sins
And close by thee to stay.
V. 2 – As thou with Satan didst contend,
And didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
In thee to conquer sin.


Tuesday, March 12 – Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days – UMH#269

V. 3 – As thou didst hunger bear, and thirst,
So teach us, gracious Lord,
To die to self, and chiefly live
By thy most holy word.
V. 4 – And through these days of penitence,
And through thy passion tide,
Yea, evermore in life and death,
Jesus, with us abide.


Wednesday, March 13 – Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days – UMH#269

Abide with us, that so,
This life of suffering over past,
An Easter of unending joy
We may attain a last.


Thursday, March 14 – O Lamb of God
Text: Anon.
O Lamb of God Who gave Thyself for me;
Now in my heart, I give myself to Thee.
Teach us to know and keep Your ways, O Lord;
That we would hold Thy wondrous Name adored.
Forgive us, Lord, and grant with prayer and praise,
That we may come to love You all our days.


Friday, March 15 – Psalm 130:1-2
Out of the depth I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications!
Action: If possible, go outside. Spend some time in the wilderness. Go on a hike. Think of Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness. Search online for a photo of the wilderness west of the Jordan River.


Saturday, March 16
O God our deliverer, you led your people of old through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.


Lenten Meditations – Week Two


Wednesday, March 6 – Ash Wednesday. Join us in Ash Wednesday worship at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. 
Concerning Prayer: Matthew 6:5-6
“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”


Thursday, March 7 – Lord, Jesus, Think on Me
Lord, Jesus, think on me,
And purge away my sin;
From earthborn passions set me free,
And make me pure within.

Lord, Jesus, think on me,
Amid the battle’s strife;
In all my pain and misery
Be Thou my health and life.

“Lord Jesus, Think on Me” – ©St. James Music Press, 2015. Lyrics – Synesius of Cyrene (c. 370-c.414). Trans. A. W. Chatfield, 1876


Friday, March 8 – Lord, Jesus, Think on Me
Lord, Jesus, think on me,
Nor let me go astray,
Through darkness and perplexity,
Point Thou the heavenly way.

Lord, Jesus, think on me,
That when this life is past,
I may eternal brightness see,
And share Thy joy at last.

“Lord Jesus, Think on Me” – ©St. James Music Press, 2015. Lyrics – Synesius of Cyrene (c. 370-c.414). Trans. A. W. Chatfield, 1876

Action: Call someone who has recently suffered the loss of a loved one. Let them know that you are thinking of them.


Saturday, March 9
O God our deliverer, you led your people of old through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen. UMH#268