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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(Click on any devotion below to read)

Good is the Flesh that the Word has Become

Thursday, March 7, 2013 -- Good is the flesh that the Word has become, good is the birthing, the milk in the breast,  good is the feeding, caressing and rest, good is the body for knowing the world, Good is the flesh that the Word has become ... [ more ]

"We Fall Down, But We Get Up" Song

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 -- "We fall down, but we get up. We fall down, but we get up. We fall down, but we get up! For a saint is just a sinner who fell down, and got up!" Lyrics to a song I knew through Gerald Albright on jazz saxophone, sung here by Donnie McClurkin: ... [ more ]

Celestial Guesswork

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 -- "Be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight." Isaiah 65:18  "Joy isn't always easy to come by, Lord, but in you I desire to rejoice..." [ more ]

William's Sermon

Monday, March 4, 2013 -- Rev. John Minder, the college dean, was a big man, ginger-haired and concerned for his students. But he had his hands full with William. On the day William arrived, he took out a big scout knife, played around with it, and took off running all over the adjacent golf course like an overgrown schoolboy. Shortly thereafter he and his roommate went canoeing in their best clothes on a Sunday afternoon ... [ more ]

“Be Ye Glad” by the Christian Acapella group GLAD

Saturday, March 2, 2013 -- This version of the song is amazing and the message so wonderful.  It’s been one of my favorites for years, and having heard it recently after all the crisis in Japan it’s even more powerful... [ more ]


Friday, March 1, 2013 -- Hands, tiny miniatures reach aimlessly in the air...Hands telling you when the rain is coming...Hands quiet in the night... [ more ]


Thursday, February 28, 2013 -- "Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins."... Isaiah 58. This chapter came instantly alive for me when I heard it read at... [ more ]

Thomas Merton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 -- Thomas Merton wrote, "I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me...the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe..." [ more ]

Choose Life

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 -- "Choose life so that you and your descendants may live"... Deuteronomy 30:19. Henri J. M. Nouwen writes, "Life is always small.  It is always vulnerable.  It never shouts or screams.  It always needs protection and guidance.  Saying "yes" to it means being willing to look at the small life that seeks to be born in your heart, in your body, in your mind, among people... [ more ]

The Gospel of Ernest (part 3)

Monday,  February 25, 2013 -- From the Gospel of Ernest, "May God bless you in the twists and turns of your own journey, blessing you with broader vistas of truth and deeper discernment of life’s meaning..." [ more ]

Thousands of Candles from One Light

Saturday, February 23, 2013 -- "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared" ... [ more ]


Friday, February 22, 2013 -- Friendships are easy when we're young. It's a simple declaration amongst playmates. We have fun together, we share. Maybe backgrounds are different. But we enjoy each others company. The commitment is nothing more. Than inclusion and widening your world ... [ more ]


Thursday, February 21, 2013 -- Hosanna!   "Here at the gates of Jerusalem were exclamation points.  One of the greatest journeys anyone can ever make is the journey from a question mark to an exclamation point.  From a question mark about Jesus to an exclamation point about him, from a..." [ more ]

The Gospel of Ernest (part 2)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 -- "The choice is ours.  We can disbelieve in God because of evil, or we can believe in her because of good and because of faith that, somehow, all things ultimately work together for good according to her purpose..." [ more ]

The Twenty Third Psalm

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 -- The Great Father above is a wonderful Shepherd Chief. I am his, and with him I want not. He throws out to me a rope  and the name of the rope is love, and he draws me to where the grass is green and the water is not dangerous... [ more ]


Monday, February 18, 2013 -- Katrina Kenison writes, "In simplicity there is freedom..." [ more ]

The Gospel of Ernest

Saturday, February 16, 2013 -- From the Gospel of Ernest, "The starting point of our journey is the desire to love and be loved not only in but beyond this world..."   [ more ]


Friday, February 15, 2013 -- Matthew 6:5-12. Did you know that pretzels began as a Lenten food? Many early Christians in the Roman Empire did not eat milk, eggs, or fat during Lent as a way of showing religious devotion. Bread was an important part of their diet so they learned... [ more ]

Loss and Gain

Thursday, February 14, 2013 -- Then Jesus said to them all, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it." Luke 9:23-24.  "Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it..." [ more ]

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013 -- "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10  For most of my life, I started my Lenten journey with Psalm 51, and after trying to "clean" my heart I spent my Lenten journey finding ways to fill it... [ more ]

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