image :: Forest Edge, James Ensor (1877, Belgian)
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14
The start of Lent is just over two weeks away, and I wanted to let everyone know that I’ve put together daily readings for Lent 2019. I’m grateful for all the folks who have been asking about this year’s plan. As always, feel free to share this with your friends or use this any way you want with your church or fellowship.
There are some big changes this year.
1.) There is a new way to register for the readings. Go ahead now and register your email to receive the readings here. This blog at lentreading.wordpress.org will remain live, but silent until next year. You will not receive the 2019 Daily Readings unless you take this step. You can also follow @wepc_rva.
2.) This year’s readings are simply Scripture. I’m taking a break from the art, music, quotes and prayers format of past years. I’m going to miss it! But there’s a reason why I’m making this change. Curating the elements of this blog is a rigorous exercise I truly enjoy, and I hope to return to it next year. But I am currently in the middle of a new project that I’m eager to share with you.
As a part my church’s 25th Anniversary Year, we have been using the Scripture readings recommended by the Revised Common Lectionary as a framework for our worship, personal and family devotion. This project began in December 2018 and will run through November 2019. The Lectionary gives us access to the whole counsel of Scripture and these texts are a means for us to grow in our understanding of our union with Christ. You can learn more about this project here.
I’m going to continue those daily posts for this entire year. Because I only want to maintain one daily reading, you’re invited to jump in with us for the season of Lent, or for as long as you like.
I know that using the Lectionary can get complicated for those new to the practice. We’ve taken a very simple approach. The RCL centers on our gathered worship each Sunday, and the daily readings help us prepare for (Thursday-Saturday) and reflect on (Monday-Wednesday) each Sunday’s texts.
I have loved the practice of using these RCL readings throughout the day: Sharing them aloud before a meal with family or friends. Reflecting on God’s Word as I start my day or wind it down. Beginning groups, classes and team meetings with someone reading the Scripture. Reading a selections before I pray with a friend.
West End Presbyterian Church
sound :: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Nina Simone,1967)