Holy Saturday Devotion – April 20, 2019

John 19:38–42 (NRSV) 38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now … Continue reading Holy Saturday Devotion – April 20, 2019

Maundy Thursday Devotion – April 18, 2019

John 13:1–20 (NRSV) 13 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 got up from the table, took off his outer … Continue reading Maundy Thursday Devotion – April 18, 2019

Holy Wednesday Devotion for April 17, 2019

John 13:21–32 (NRSV) 21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it … Continue reading Holy Wednesday Devotion for April 17, 2019

Holy Monday Devotion – April 15, 2019

John 12:1–7 (NRSV) 12 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold … Continue reading Holy Monday Devotion – April 15, 2019

Lenten Devotion for April 13, 2019

Luke 22:14–15 (NRSV)14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; Palm Sunday begins with a high and joyous scene and typically the worship ends with a reminder of what lies ahead for Jesus and his followers…death…on a cross.It appears from the above passage that Jesus had been anticipating this meal for a while. What could he possibly have been ‘eager’ about?  Maybe he wanted one more time with his friends before everything changes? … Continue reading Lenten Devotion for April 13, 2019

Lent Devotion for April 12, 2019

Philippians 2:5–11 (NRSV) 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,7 but emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,being born in human likeness.And being found in human form,8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth … Continue reading Lent Devotion for April 12, 2019