Lenten devotions to explore vision for flourishing

As part of our soup suppers – Wednesdays at 6pm – 7:30pm, evening prayer at the end –  members of St Luke – including Megan Gillespie, Judy Platts, and Helen Schneiders – will reflect on their experiences and vision for human flourishing, using metaphors of “garden” and “vineyard.”

February 29th, Putting down roots in God’s word rather tha our own plans, our work, our self-understanding – in a culture where many feel rootless. Text for the evening, Psalm 1. “Happy are those” … whose “delight is in the word of the Lord, and on his word they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water … their leaves do not wither.”

March 7th, Life-affirming joy. In a time when many feel anxious or even crushed; we celebrate the gifts of creation and the flourishing of people around us. Text for the evening, Jeremiah 31:10-14. God speaks to a people who have been through war, exile, separation from one another: “They shall come and sing aloud … radiant over the goodness of the LORD … their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.”

March 14th, Bearing fruit. It’s not just what we do for others; it’s how God makes our whole lives a blessing. Text for the evening, Galatians 5:16-26. Paul encourages the Christians in Galatia to “live by the Spirit,” bearing fruits of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

March 21st, Connected to neighbors. We’re not just here for ourselves or even for the congregation; we’re here for the people in our neighborhood. Text for the evening, Revelation 21:22-22:5. John of Patmos sees a vision of the end of all things: a city with no temple (or church!) – just God. And it’s not a cold, urban world – a river flows right through the center, with a great tree of life providing fruit and leaves for the “healing of the nation.”

March 28th, Abiding in Christ – in his word, his love – for ‘apart for me, you can do nothing.” Text for the evening, John 15: Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing … Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love ..”

We hope you’ll join us!

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