Our Neighborhood Captains have been busy over the past week delivering Lenten Reflect Journals to our church members and regular visitors.
We’ve already had a question about how to use these journals, especially as there may some neighbors who have not been part of worship and heard Pastor Mary Beth speak of them on Sunday morning.
Each week in worship, we’ll be reflecting on the question, :”Who am I in Christ?” and considering a different “I am…’ statement. For instance this past week, we reflected on “I am saved by grace through faith.
The card stock pieces are “table tents”. You’ll note that they have questions on them – these are prompts related to that week’s “I am” statement. The journals are just one tool for reflection on the questions. People could write or draw or doodle or pray over those questions.
Each family should have received one journal per household. If you have not yet received your family’s journal, please contact the church office at 972.727.8261.
Lenten Journals Delivery Delayed
Our unprecedented weather event of 2021 delayed the assembly and delivery of Lenten journals for our congregation to use for reflection during this season of Lent. Our new goal is to put the journals into the hands of your neighborhood captains early next week and they will drop them on your porch before February 28, the second Sunday of Lent. But until then, we are sharing with you the scripture and reflection prompts that will be delivered with your journals. Please don’t hesitate to get started with reading the recommended scripture and documenting your answers to the question prompts.
Week One: February 21-February 27
We are called to be many things to many people throughout our lives, personally and professionally. Our roles can impact how other people see us.
How do you think God sees you?
Read Galatians 2:16
People in Jesus’ time were looking for a much different kind of savior.
If you had your way, how would God have solved the problems we struggle with today?
Read Romans 5:9-11
Relationships are hard. We don’t always see eye to eye, even with the people we love most.
Think of a time that a dear relationship was in trouble.
How did you handle it?
Was there an opportunity for reconciliation?
Week Two: February 28-March 6
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
What does this passage say about the body of Christ?
What is my “part” in the body of Christ?
What keeps me from finding my place in the body of Christ?
Week Three: March 7-March 13
Read Philippians 4:13
What does God give us strength to do?
What is God wanting you to do?
How can we pray for God’s strength?
Week Four: March 14-March 20
Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
What are some ways you can share God’s gift of kindness?
Can you think of a time when someone showed God’s kindness to you?
Do you find it difficult to be like Jesus when . . .
- Others don’t agree with you
- Things are not the way you want them to be
Week Five: March 21-March 27
Read John 15:12-17
What does it mean to be Jesus’ friend?
What is the difference between a servant and a friend?
What does Jesus call his disciples?
What needs to happen in your life for your friendship with God to be genuine?
Week Six: March 28-April 3
Read Mark 15:1-39
Is there anger that am I holding onto?
Is there something for which I need to forgive myself?
Read Colossians 3:13
What stirs up in you when you hear this command to forgive?
Does forgiving as God forgives seem like a high bar?
How might you manage to live this out?
Read Colossians 1:13-14
Our Bible often talks about the kingdom or reign of God, a true place of God’s love and justice.
We pray for God’s kingdom to come when we pray the Lord’s Prayer.
What do you imagine God’s kingdom or reign to look like?