Resources for Lent: Devotional and blog challenge believers to engage the world




2012 Lenten Devotional, "A Community of Love" - small sizeIn “A Community of Love,” the Lenten devotional from Brethren Press, author Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford encourages readers to engage in personal introspection that leads to participation in the community of faith.

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Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren is hosting a blog as one way to invite readers into this larger community of faith. The site will offer simple prayers and questions growing out of the Lenten devotional, and readers will be invited to respond with comments, observations, and questions.

Now in its 10th year, the Brethren Press devotional can--for the first time--be purchased in electronic format at www.brethrenpress.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=8496E . A limited number of large print copies are still available at www.brethrenpress.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=8496 . Find the companion blog at http://blog.brethren.org .

More resources for Lent and Easter:

-- Joshua Brockway, director of Spiritual Life and Discipleship, invites Brethren to join him in praying through all 150 Psalms during Lent. A calendar for praying the Psalms is available at www.brethren.org/spirituallife/prayer.html along with other prayer calendars. The practice of praying the scriptures is a long tradition in both Judaism and Christianity. For more information about praying the scriptures see a short description provided at http://blog.brethren.org .

-- The Global Women’s Project is offering a free Lenten Calendar as a daily spiritual tool to guide Brethren through the season. E-mail info@globalwomensproject.org to receive a copy of the calendar or to register for a daily Lenten calendar e-mail.

-- The Lenten/Easter spiritual disciplines folder from the Springs of Living Water initiative for church renewal is titled, “The Call to Discipleship, The Invitation to Victory.” The folder, along with Bible study questions written by Vince Cable, pastor of Uniontown Church of the Brethren near Pittsburgh, Pa., can be found at www.churchrenewalservant.org. The folder follows the lectionary readings and topics used for the Brethren Press bulletin series for Lent and Easter. An explanation of the theme and an insert helps members learn how to use the folders as well as discern their next steps in spiritual growth. Contact davidyoung@churchrenewalservant.org .

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