2021 Lenten Reflections

Introduction

Wednesday

February 17

Thursday

February 18

The idea of taking on a 10-session curriculum that brought to life long-ago history and conflict was not necessarily something any of us wanted to do. But the idea of creating sacred ground, through our stories and from our history seemed promising. We could try.

Ash Wednesday

 

Imagine what it might look like to “repair the breach” of our nation’s history of racial injustice.  How would things be different?

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

 

Have you ever been saved by hope?  What causes you to despair right now?  How can you move from despair to hope? What do you hope for? 

Friday

February 19

Sunday, February 21

Friday

February 19

Friday after Ash Wednesday

 

How do you choose to respond to injustices you see? How can you become part of God’s healing work? 

First Sunday in Lent

 

What chaos, confusion or disorder are you experiencing as it relates to race or injustice? Offer them to God in prayer. 

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

 

How can we step into the past in order to repair it? What does repentance mean to you in your life right now? 

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Monday in the First Week of Lent

I believe that “the slow work of God'' is in continued education and reflection

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

How is the Holy Spirit guiding you to pay attention to racism? What is stirring in you? 

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

The question at hand is, what do we do with this information? Where do we go from here? How does a white church in Ruxton respond to this knowledge? How do we become the beloved community?

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Thursday in the First Week of Lent
 

Can you think of a time when implicit bias affected your perception of another person? What information was missing that caused you to form a false impression? Have you ever been misunderstood because of someone else’s implicit bias? How did that feel?

Friday in the First Week of Lent

 

A smile or a tear has no nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man.
-Frederick Douglass

Saturday in the First Week of Lent

Have you ever learned new aspects of history that have challenged your previous understandings? How are you being invited to consider new perspectives about the American Dream? 

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Second Sunday in Lent

Bodhisattva Prayer For Humanity

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

What is your prayer today?  Do you need patience? Do you need order? Do you need hope?  Write a prayer using Howard Thurman’s approach. 

Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

What grief are you carrying? How can you become part of the healing process for yourself and others?  Bring it before the Great Healer.

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

If both of your parents are white, imagine just one of them being a person of color.  How might that have changed your life experience?

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

When have you experienced being part of a beloved community? 

Friday the Second Week of Lent

How can you be brave enough to be the light today?

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 21

Saturday the Second Week of Lent

How has the pandemic opened your eyes to what’s important? What experiences have “widened the narrowness of your life” to make room for love, understanding, courage, and healing? 

Third Sunday in Lent

Have you ever experienced being the stranger?  Who welcomed you and how did they do that? Where and when in your life have you welcomed the stranger?  How did that make you feel?

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

O Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.
               – Cherokee Prayer

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

How are you part of the ministry of reconciliation?  Is God inviting you into this work in a new way?  

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Every single time, I try told hold space 
For the untold stories, the incomplete histories,
The identities of those who were in the very same place, 
But because of their race- 
So much life was erased.  

Friday in the Third Week of Lent

How is our church called to challenge the status quo? What is the meaning of the gospel in these troubled times?

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

What small thing can you do today to uphold the universal human rights of men, women, and children?

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Read this poem several times, paying attention to the words or phrases that seem to stand out to you.  Is there an invitation or stirring as you consider these words? Bring them into your prayer today. 

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

What is happening now that you can open the eyes of your heart to?

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Think about major social, political, pop culture events that happened during your formative years.  How did they affect your life?  How did they influence your beliefs?

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Think of a time when you have witnessed or experienced agape love.  Describe the experience. 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day all those who have died in the past year. 

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

What spiritual practices open your heart, helping you to stretch and grow? Is there a new spiritual practice that you can commit to? 

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent

What subtle prejudices are you aware of in your own life? What about in the life of the church? Reflect on your own experiences. 

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent

How do you experience the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, at work teaching and healing?  Give thanks. 

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent

For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in thy will, and walk in thy ways, to the glory of thy Name.

Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday

Recall a time when you witnessed someone treat another person as less than human. How did that make you feel? Pray for the people, the communities, and the world who are suffering from a lack of compassion. 

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

Trauma can have profound effects across multiple generations.  How does this knowledge inform your feelings abut racial justice?

Fourth Sunday in Lent

When have you moved beyond the comfortable into genuine communion?  What other opportunities do you have to build on that experience?

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Where do you feel called to shine a light for greater understanding?  How will you do that?

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

What is your greatest hope for the world you will leave to the next generation?  What can you do to help realize that dream?

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent

In what ways can Church of the Good Shepherd do a better job of letting theology shape our sociology?

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