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    Lent Devotional Booklet 2019

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    Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    Our sermon and group study theme during Lent this year is

    Surrender. Often people talk about what they are going to “give

    up” during Lent. There’s a common practice among many

    Christians of fasting or not eating a particular food one enjoys

    during this 40-day period of time. At the heart of this practice is

    a desire to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us when he

    died on the cross. But this year we will end our Lenten journey

    with Jesus’ prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane: “not my

    will but yours be done.” The definition of surrender is “to give

    oneself over to something.” Jesus surrendered any and all

    personal desires and gave himself over to God’s will being done.

    This Lent, how might we, too, align our desires with God’s

    desires. How might we surrender our will and align them more

    with God’s will?

    Pastor Beth Warpmaeker

    This year we’ve added a family-friendly activity at the end of

    each daily Lent Devotion. You’ll find the family activity

    written in purple after each day’s prayer. When available,

    the page number for the Bible story in the Spark Story Bible

    is also listed so young children can follow along too. We

    highly recommend the Spark Story Bible for young children,

    and you can contact Sara Ray (sray@kinsmenlutheran.org)

    for more information.

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    Here’s a way to shape your devotional time. If you’d like to learn more

    about Faith5, please visit their website at www.faith5.org

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    March 6, 2019

    Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

    Joel speaks of a time when Israel faced devastation. He reminds them that they have turned away from God’s ways and become unfaithful. As a result of their sinfulness, God abandoned Israel and surrounded them with punishment. Sometimes our days can feel like God is gone and disaster surrounds us. We trudge forward, not looking back, pushing our way through the mess of daily life. We may even give up and decide that God is punishing us. But in the midst of moving we sometimes forget to surrender and listen to the quiet voice of God that can always be heard within the disaster. We live in a world broken by sin, but we also have the promise of love, hope and restoration. Joel reminds us to return to God with our hearts and not our garments. We can always come before God with our pain. In fact, God wants us to come to him as a whole person, full of sin and pain and love. God sent us Jesus, who took our sin upon himself and we can feel safe returning to him, even with all our messiness. As a mother and senior daughter, this topic feels appropriate. The senior year feels like a marathon and we have our “eyes on the prize.” With our lists, our tasks, our hopes, triumphs and disappointments we trudge through the days. There are times when our tunnel vision allows us to turn away from what is important, and we feel that loss and loneliness. It is during those times when it’s so important for us to stop and really look at our direction. We have to remind each other to trust in God and the path he is providing for us. We return to what is right and good and we feel the peace that comes with the surrender. We are truly thankful for the small, quiet voice that is always there. Heavenly Father, we thank you for this season when we are reminded to surrender and return to your word. The love and peace we find through you is a gentle comfort to us in our rushed lives – Amen.

    Amber & Spencer Walker

    Today’s bible verse says “return to me with all your heart.” How do you

    plan to return to God during Lent this year? Make a plan with those

    around you for a day, time, and place to do devotions together. Do

    something that makes your space feel holy—take off your shoes, light a

    candle, drink a cup of tea. You could even have devo time with someone

    over the phone!

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    Psalm 51:1-17

    Surrender: cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority

    Biblical definition of surrender: that a believer completely gives up his own will and subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of a higher power

    Our reading for today was written after Nathan, the prophet, confronted David about Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12:1-10). In verse 5 of the reading in 2 Samuel we can see the deeply passionate man that David was. When David was confronted with this, he readily admits that he has sinned (vs 13).

    But David had a relationship with God and remembers all of the good things that God had done in the past for him. So he immediately turns to prayer – pouring out his soul. The words in Psalm 51 are very familiar to us and poetic in nature. He pleads with God, confesses to God, and asks God to make him new. He wants to experience again the joy that he has had in his relationship with God and promises to praise him and ‘sing aloud of your deliverance.’

    Vs. 17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

    How wonderful it is that we have a God that accepts us as we are. Every morning we can thank him for a new day and ask for his help in guiding us through the day. We can, like David, plead for a clean heart and a new and right spirit. And then, like David, live a life that teaches others of God’s love.

    If you have access to The Message translation (or on the computer) I encourage you to read that. It is David’s beautiful poetic prayer in today’s vernacular.

    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

    Amen.

    Darlene Boggs

    Find something to wash together! Maybe it’s your hands, your dog, your

    car, or even that load of laundry that’s been patiently waiting. Work

    together! Just as you wash your item, God washes us with the waters of

    our baptism.

    During Lent, Kinsmen is gathering items for personal care kits for

    Lutheran World Relief to help people cleanse themselves. Bring some

    items with you this weekend! See page 51 for more details.

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    March 8, 2019

    2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

    The scripture text today is about the grace (salvation) God gave to us Christians through the finished work of the cross by Christ Jesus. St. Paul calls us ambassadors of the kingdom. The picture of “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20) is especially helpful in understanding the nature of being workers together with him. Working together with the king grants the ambassador great deal of privileges called ‘grace’. Yet, the ambassador himself has no power or authority or agenda on his own. The king delegates power and authority to the ambassador, reveals his agenda to the ambassador, and expects the ambassador to fulfill that agenda. It is very important to understand that to get this partnership deal accomplished, the ambassador must ‘surrender’ himself under the supremacy of the king. Surrender means to voluntarily yield one’s position to the control or possession of another; i.e. the ambassador to the king. Paul knew that it is not easy for humans to surrender their wills to another. It is for that reason that he pleads with us Christians not to receive the grace of God in vain. To receive the grace of God in vain may mean to receive the goodness and favor of God, and yet hinder the work of grace in one’s life or community. God doesn’t want us to become passive with His grace. Paul knew that God gives His grace, we work hard, and the work of God gets done. Many Christians struggle at this very point. (Is God supposed to do it or am I supposed to do it?) The answer is, “Yes!” God does it and we also do it. Hence “God’s work; Our hands”. We have to trust God, rely on Him, and then get to work; and work as hard as we can! That way, God’s work will be accomplished. If we neglect our end of the partnership, God’s grace doesn’t accomplish all that it might, and may therefore be given in vain. God forbid! Thank You Lord for Your grace. I surrender all of me to You Lord! Take more of me; and give me more of You that I may never take Your grace in vain. Amen!

    Edith Chuta

    Every year Kinsmen has a special Sunday called “God’s Work. Our

    Hands.” On that Sunday, we serve our neighbors in the community.

    How can you use your hands to do God’s work today?

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    Matthew 6:1-6, 16-20

    During Lent we are once again invited to embark on a journey with our Savior, a journey that is not going to be easy because it will teach us even more about our human incompleteness, but also a journey worthwhile as we discover the infinite love of God toward us in Christ Jesus and the amazing grace that we can possess through his suffering, death and resurrection.

    In the reading from Matthew, Jesus reminds us of how important it is every once in a while to examine the condition of our inner life. He also teaches us how to live out our faith in such a way that it is pleasing to God and also brings blessings to us and our neighbors. As we try to live out our calling as his disciples and his ambassadors in this world, the key issue is not how pious of an impression we may be able to give of ourselves to the

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