Friday March 12th – Pastor Erik Doughty — March 12, 2021

Friday March 12th – Pastor Erik Doughty

Meditation

John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Today’s Questions:

  • How did you experience this and other meditations this week?
  • Where do you find light these days?

Please answer the questions or add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Check back on Sunday, March 14 for a new Introductory Video from Vicar Jonathan on the next spiritual practice we will be focusing on during Week 4 – Parable Translation.

Thursday March 11th – Margaret Schuster — March 11, 2021
Wednesday March 10th – Aaron Brown — March 10, 2021
Tuesday March 9th – Kristen Damberg — March 9, 2021
Monday March 8th – Bonnie Olson — March 8, 2021

Monday March 8th – Bonnie Olson

Meditation

John 14:27

“My peace I give to you.”

Today’s Questions:

  • Think about the word peace. What did it mean to you during this devotion?
  • How did it change its meaning?
  • Did it give you more insights into the word?

Please answer the questions or add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Check back tomorrow to be led through Meditation again from a fellow member of SPR.

Week 3: Introduction — March 7, 2021

Week 3: Introduction

Meditation

Sunday March 7 + The Third Sunday in Lent

This Week’s Devotion From Lenten Years Past

This week’s lectionary gospel is John 2:13-22. SPR member Sandy Archer shared the following reflection on the passage in the 1995 SPR Lenten Devotional Book.

During the Lenten season we normally try to give up something, something that we normally like to do, something we feel would be a sacrifice for God. To show that we can give up something that might be unhealthy and unhelpful in our lives.

The verses I reflected on are, “The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” (John 2:13-15)

We do not have moneychangers in the church per say, or is selling greeting cards, jelly beans, Easter Lilies and Poinsettia plants, or baked good put in this category of moneychangers, even if the money is going for good causes?…I really do not believe that this is in regards to this, but in the fact that this church, St. Paul-Reformation, is God’s house. We do not need to come here to be counted by each other, but for the fact of worshiping and praising God. The strongest feeling I can recall, was walking to church on Sunday morning. I do not remember how old I was, probably an early teen, but I no longer felt the pressure of having to go to church because of school, confirmation classes, or because my parents said I had to go. I had that feeling that I wanted to go, I needed to go for myself, even if no one else in my family went, even if I walked there alone. I went, and I felt good inside and this made my week complete. There is something (someone) that draws me back to this church, over and over. We are constantly being put to the test over the things we want in this world. Things we think we need to have to make our lives more fulfilled when all we need is faith in the Lord, and we will know that all these earthly things do not matter.

Dear Lord, help us to keep on the right road through life, and always remember the messages that we grew up with. There is a need and a fulfillment that we get when we know that we can worship you on Sundays and every other day of our lives.

Sandy Archer

“Walking the Labyrinth” by zoxcleb is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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