Since a number of you have told me you would like to carry a paper guide, this should work for you. No art, but plenty of readings in this edition. You can download the 2018 WEPC Lenten Readings here.
Each year I pair Bible texts with commentary in the daily readings. In the past I’ve used various resources such as the Revised Common Lectionary, quotes from the Early Church Fathers, and Wesley’s Scripture Hymns. This year, I’ll focus on brief prayers, known as “collects”, from the Book of Common Prayer. The accompanying Scripture texts will be very brief. This is modeled on a devotional practice I stumbled upon in recent years that has inspired me.
The Moravian Church has a form of daily readings which pairs brief Old Testament sentences with New Testament texts. While this pairing is not original with the Moravians, the brevity of the Old Testament sentence (known as a Watchword) caught my attention.
In 1722 refugees from Bohemia and Moravia (modern-day Czech Republic) began arriving at the estate of an Austrian nobleman, Nicholas von Zinzendorf. Zinzendorf was a Christian, and granted the refugees asylum and land on which they established the settlement of Herrnhut, which means, “Watch of the Lord”.
Each day, the settlers came together for worship, consciously seeking to live life in light of God’s Word. On May 3, 1728, during the evening service, Zinzendorf gave the congregation what he called a Watchword for the next day. This Watchword was a memorable verse to accompany them through the whole next day. His vision was that all in the community could share a corporate meditation on Scripture, and that people could easily call to mind the Watchword in conversation & prayer.
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