Lenten Devotional Series

Sunrise at Killam's Point


Welcome to First Church's Daily Lenten Devotional Series.

These devotions were submitted by Church members and are published daily so we can start each day together. Thank you all for your submissions, your meditations, and your prayers as we journeyed together with our Lord.

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Surmounting

Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes, "Not from the art of dying but from the resurrection of Christ can a new, purifying wind blow into the present world. -- [ more ]


Looking Through the Church Window

Good Friday, March 29, 2013 -- Past that to some kind of resolve, For a day, a week, a month. Strength for what's beyond the glass, My God is not fearful... [ more ]


I Don't Want To

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 2013 --  I don't want to, you can't make me...Stay in the Yard...Settle down...Stay on the path...Listen to what I'm saying...Do as you are told... [ more ]


Onward, Onward

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 -- Onward, onward, looking unto Jesus, Pressing forward, we the race will run; Claiming ever His divine protection, We shall not fail till the crown is won.... [ more ]


We Would See Jesus

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 -- We would see Jesus; in realms of the blessèd, Some day before Him the ransomed shall stand, Seeing His face in its glorious beauty, Wearing a crown in that paradise land... [ more ]


Loving the Least

Monday, March 25, 2013-- Holy Week.  I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon...more ]


Touching the Body of Christ

Saturday, March 23, 2013 -- I believe that we are not real social workers. We may be doing social work in the eyes of the people. But we are really contemplatives in the heart of the world. For we are touching the body of Christ 24 hours a day. We have 24 hours in his presence. [ more ]


Why I Go to Church

Friday, March 22, 2013 -- Why I go to Church: To kill an hour or so on a Sunday; Probably not. To get dressed up and be seen; Probably not. To clear my head and recapture memories; Probably so. To find a time to be at peace; Probably so... [ more ]


The Spirit of God Calms My Mind

Thursday, March 21, 2013 -- The spirit of God calms my mind. I radiate peace. How can I manage to live in a busy world and still remain calm? I can do so through prayer-- by centering myself in the peace of God. Daily communion with God keeps me grounded in peace. Through prayer, I make conscious contact .. [ more ]


Only Love Can Drive Out Hate

Wednesday, March 20, 2013  -- The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. … Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, [ more ]


Release Me From Judgment

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 -- Dear God, I surrender to You my thought of judgment. Please heal me of my temptation to blame Your children whom You adore.  Teach me to love as You do. Teach me to see the reality behind the superficial masks, the truth in the hearts of all Your children... [ more ]


Cardinal Newman

Monday, March 18, 2013 -- May he support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work ... [ more ]


Go Placidly

Saturday, March 16, 2013 -- Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence... [ more ]


I Am Separated

Friday, March 15, 2013 -- I am separated from the real world by a pane of glass...What my parents taught me, When I listened to my friends, Could create canyons, How we see religion, Who you vote for Or what you wear, The way you do your hair, My God, shall we mention skin... [ more ]


A Prayer for Humanity

Thursday, March 14, 2013 -- God, you too have a dream. You dream that we your human creatures will come to realize that you created us for community, for togetherness, for friendship, for gentleness, for caring, for sharing, for family; that we are members of one family, the human family, God's family ... [ more ]


Thirsting for God

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 -- You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water... [ more ]


The Peace of Wild Things

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 -- When despair grows in me and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound, in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and... [ more ]


Prayer for Illumination

Monday, March 11, 2013 -- Gracious and Loving God, thank you for this new day, its beauty and its light. Today, I rededicate myself to you and open fully to receive your Holy Spirit. As I go out into this world today, may your Spirit go with me. Direct my footsteps, dear God, that I might become a more faithful disciple of your Good News... [ more ]


The Spirit of Aloha

Saturday, March 9, 2013 -- The spirit of aloha is a way of life and well-being embraced by native Hawaiians for hundreds of years. Traditionally the word aloha was a greeting reserved for loved ones by rubbing noses and then inhaling each other's breath (alo = in the presence of, ha = breath of life). To live with aloha is the secret to [ more ]


How Well It's Hidden

Friday, March 8, 2013 -- How well it’s hidden; A gentle mist reveals only an outline – Moving toward it chases it away... [ more ]


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