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2014 Lent Devo Booklet

2014 Lent Devo Booklet

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Published by Michelle DeRusha
Walk through the six weeks of Lent with this daily devotional.
Walk through the six weeks of Lent with this daily devotional.

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LENTEN DEVOTIONAL 2014
THE
TREE
 
OF
LIFE
BENEATH
 
Southwood Lutheran Church—Lincoln, Nebraska
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Beneath the Tree of Life—Lenten Devotional 2014
Come and gather, beneath the tree of life. Come and gather, beneath the tree of life, root of wisdom, branch of peace, fruit of healing and release. Come and gather, beneath the tree of life.
 Beneath the Tree of Life
© 2001 GIA Publications, Inc. Author: Marty Haugen. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-705211
Dear Friends,Te season of Lent is here. We will gather in word, in worship, and by the power of the Holy Spirit beneath the tree of life. Te tree of life is an image of healing and hope. It is an image of strength and nourishment. ake this vision of the New Jerusalem for instance:
1
 
Ten the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal,  flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2
 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. Te leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.
R 󰀲󰀲:󰀱-󰀲 ()I get lost in this vision that gives us hope and not despair when we are faced with the reality of life across our nation and world today.Tis devotional booklet is about digging through God’s word to uncover that kind of hope, the hope that comes through the tree of life. I pray that this resource will guide you in your personal and Small Group study this Lenten season with inspiring ideas, thoughtful questions and heartfelt prayers. It brings joy to me
LENT & EASTER SERVICES
Lent and Easter offerings will support Southwood’s Global Mission work in Honduras and anzania. Over 󰀸󰀵 people will be serving with Southwood at these mission sites during 󰀲󰀰󰀱󰀴.
 Ash Wednesday Worship
 
Wednesday, March 󰀵 • 󰀵:󰀱󰀵 and 󰀶:󰀴󰀵 .. 
Services with Holy Communion
Lent Worship
 
Wednesdays, March 󰀱󰀲, 󰀱󰀹  󰀲󰀶, April 󰀲  󰀹 • 󰀶:󰀳󰀰 .. 
Service with Holy Communion
Lenten Meal served 󰀵:󰀰󰀰–󰀶:󰀳󰀰 ..
Holy Week Worship
 
Maundy Tursday, April 󰀱󰀷 • 󰀶:󰀳󰀰 .. 
Good Friday, April 󰀱󰀸 • 󰀶:󰀳󰀰 .. 
Easter Services, April 󰀲󰀰 • 󰀷:󰀳󰀰, 󰀸:󰀳󰀰, 󰀹:󰀴󰀵 and 󰀱󰀱:󰀰󰀰 ..
CONTENTS
3 Lent Daily Devotions34 Lent Family Devotions39 Small Group Questions
Sunday Services at 󰀸:󰀳󰀰, 󰀹:󰀴󰀵  󰀱󰀱:󰀰󰀰 ..󰀴󰀰󰀲.󰀴󰀲󰀳.󰀵󰀵󰀱󰀱 • .
Mailing Address:
..  󰀲󰀲󰀷󰀶󰀷 • Lincoln,  󰀶󰀸󰀵󰀴󰀲
Physical Address:
󰀴󰀳󰀰󰀱 Wilderness Hills Blvd. • Lincoln,  󰀶󰀸󰀵󰀱󰀶
 
Southwood Lutheran Church—Lincoln, Nebraska
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Beneath the Tree of Life—Lenten Devotional 2014
 ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5
Read: Genesis 2:4-3:19
Tis is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no  people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. Ten the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
(. 󰀲:󰀴-󰀷)
“For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.
(. 󰀳:󰀱󰀹)
Such a promising beginning, so much potential in these opening lines. We are God-breathed, and as we have read so many times, we are created in His image. Just as He breathed life into Adam, He breathes life into each one of us. Yet we also know, as we acknowledge on this Ash Wednesday, that this beautiful and bright beginning so full of hope and promise was not to last. We remember how it crashed into despair the moment Adam and Eve bit into the serpent’s tantalizing fruit. And we remember God’s frightening words. We will die. We will return to the dust from whence we came. Tough our thoughts turn to darkness, dust and death this Ash Wednesday, we know something Adam and Eve did not. In spite of our fear, in spite of the darkness, there is hope. God, through His son Jesus Christ, redeems us. He shines His light of hope and love upon us always, a light that cannot be extinguished.
Lord, help me remember that Your light always burns bright, no matter what darkness or dust obscures my sight. Amen.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6
Read: Genesis 1:26-28
Ten God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us”…So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
(. 󰀲󰀶-󰀲󰀷)
It’s a notion so astonishing, so mind-boggling, so audacious, it bears repeating twice: “God created humans in his own image; in the image of God he created them.” Have you ever really thought about these verses before? God created
 you
in
 His
image—to be like Him, to act like Him, to love like Him. It seems like a lot to live up to, doesn’t it? In fact, it seems downright impossible—that we could live like God and be like God. But it’s not. While we’ll never be (and shouldn’t be) the omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient God, and while we cannot live like God on our own accord, with His grace and in His eyes, we are perfect and holy, a reflection of Him. You may not see yourself, with all your flaws, shortcomings and sinful inclinations, as an image of God, but in His eyes, that’s exactly what you are.
Lord, it humbles and astounds me that You made me in Your image. Tank  you for Your relentless grace and for creating me as worthy in Your eyes. Amen.
to know that as we gather around the same texts, questions, and prayers—these words become more than words—they become a source of life and an offering of grace. Tanks to Michelle DeRusha who graciously shares her faith and her gift of writing with us. Tis year we are excited to feature the photography of Curt Brinkmann who has such an eye for capturing the beauty in God’s creation. We are also grateful for the blessing of Deb Paden and Jerry Frahm who have worked together to design and build the “ree of Life” that we will gather around in our sanctuary for Wednesday worship.Now, we are ready. Come and gather beneath the tree of life!May you be blessed as you give attention to the reading and the living of God’s word.
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