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Lent and Easter

A gathering of features and other resources centered on the Lenten season. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is a period of 40 days, not including Sundays, that precede Easter.

 

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God's Temples: Third Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 15, 2009

by Helen Roberts-Evans
When Jesus went to Jerusalem to observe Passover, he found the temple being used as a place for monetary gain. Animals were being sold for sacrifice, and moneychangers were sitting at tables. Jesus drove out the animals and turned over the moneychangers' tables.

 

Where Are My Eyes?: Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 22, 2009

by Wilma Burren Dunbar
During their time wandering in the wilderness, the people of Israel became dissatisfied with God and Moses (Numbers 21:4-9). Though they had been rescued from slavery, were being fed manna and protected, it was still not enough for them.

 

A Deaconess Reflects on Lent and Childhood in the Philippines; Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2009

by Liwliwa T. Robledo
Growing up in a rural town in the Philippines, Lent had a meaningful impact on me. When the Lenten season arrived, the whole town, made up of Roman Catholics and Protestants, was in a reflective mood. In my young mind, there seemed to be a pall of gloom in our town during Lent.

 

He Never Gives Up: Passion/Palm Sunday, April 5, 2009

by Jerri and Bill Savuto
A few weeks ago during lunchtime, my husband and I heard what sounded like a marching band. ... In seven years of serving at Maua Methodist Hospital in Maua, Kenya, we had never seen or heard a band.

 

Debby and the Wrestler: Holy Thursday, April 9, 2009

by Andrew Highland
I recently saw the new movie, "The Wrestler." In the movie, Mickey Rourke stars as Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a professional wrestler who was very successful and popular in the 1980s but whose glory days are now long gone. Randy seems to be unable to imagine a different kind of life for himself, and so he continues to wrestle, trying to live the kind of life he lived as a celebrity.

 

Taking Up the Cross: Holy Thursday-April 9, 2009

by Kendra Dunbar
Peter, like so many of us, was trying to remain cautiously faithful. He wanted to protect Christ, he did not want him to be humiliated and killed. Often we want to stop moving forward and come up with a safe plan, risk the least, and be happy with the results.

 

The Stone Moves Another Inch: Good Friday, April 10, 2009

by Sarah Martindell
I work in a United Methodist Mission Institute that houses a food pantry. One day in the lobby of our food pantry, I was handing out newsletters to people after they got their bag of groceries. I watched the clients talking with each other as they gathered up their belongings. One couple said, "We're living out of our car right now."

 

The Wounded Healer: Good Friday: April 10, 2009

by Greg Little
The Lenten season's remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection are the essence of the Christian faith. For me, this time also represents the culmination of a life fulfilled in mission, reaching out to all humanity with a love beyond ourselves, and working for justice.

 

Lenten reflections for 2008 from the the General Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Women.

 

Seeing Jesus' Face: Easter Evening

by Haniel R. Garibay
"Prestige" is a movie about two rival stage magicians trying to outdo each other with the perfect "disappearing act." In Luke's story of the walk to Emmaus, Jesus disappeared in front of two disciples right after breaking the bread with them.

 

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