Lenten Series 2013 There’s a Prayer for That…Celebrate the Bounty!

Last year for Lent, I suggested Packing Away the Alleluia. This year I offer seeing Lent as a Time of Prayer. Each sermon will highlight a different type of prayer as related to that week’s lectionary text. While the Lenten texts do connect to one phrase of the Lord’s Prayer each week (as noted by Carolyn Brown–click here and scroll down to her second Lenten theme), I am going more general in my focus. I do, however, love the idea of a congregation-wide challenge to Pray the Lord’s Prayer every day. As my friend Jill said, “Think of the power of the entire church praying the same prayer every day during the Season of Lent!”

Here is an outline of my sermons…I hope you will return to see where this season takes us. Peace.
for the 1st Sunday–February 17,  Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Celebrate the bounty!
for the 2nd Sunday–February 24,  Psalm 27 Whom shall I fear?
for the 3rd Sunday–March 3,  1 Corinthians 10:1-13 He will provide the way.
for the 4th Sunday–March 10,  2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Everything has become new.
for the 5th Sunday–March 17,  John 12:1-8 Mary took a pound of costly perfume.
for Psalm Sunday–March 24,  Luke 19:28-40 The Lord needs it.
(And for Easter–March 31, John 20:2,4; Luke 24:12 Running Forward!)

There’s a Prayer for That…Celebrate the Bounty!
for Sunday, February 17, 2013
1st Sunday in Lent
Year C
lectionary focus: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
inspiration: Sid Burgess/The Pastor’s Peace/February 2013 (to be posted soon)

Good Morning!

baseballThis past week something very special happened. This past week, the call went out for “Pitchers and Catchers to report!” This means that Major League baseball players have started reporting for Spring Training. And when it is Spring Training, that means Baseball Season is getting close. And when it is Baseball Season, that means we are done with winter!

This past week, we also began the Season of Lent. Lent is the time we prepare for the Mystery and Joy of Easter. During these six weeks, people work on improving the disciplines of their faith. One discipline people study is prayer. Praying in how we talk to God. Praying is how we get close to God. When we pray, we recognize that God is with us.

In our Bible story today, we are reminded that the Lord gives us many good things. And when we receive something, it is appropriate for us to say Thank You. We are saying Thank You to God when we pray the blessing before a meal. But we can say Thank You to God at other times for other things. When we say our bedtime prayers, we can thank God for the good things that have happened during the day. We can thank God when we hear good news, or find something that was lost, or see something beautiful, or enjoy being with a friend. Taking a moment to celebrate all the bounty that the Lord gives us helps us realize the abundance of blessings around us. And with this gratitude and thanksgiving, we become more generous in sharing with others. And in sharing with others, we become stronger as children of God.

So I call on each of you to focus on your prayers during this Season of Lent. Thank God for the good things in your life.

Will you pray with me? And in my family, when we thank God with the blessing before a meal, we hold hands. So will you hold hands with someone near you? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for all the good things
You give to me.
Help me
to say Thank You
with a grateful heart.
And thank You
for baseball.

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

8 responses to “Lenten Series 2013 There’s a Prayer for That…Celebrate the Bounty!

  1. In another life-time I ran the camps and conferences for a small Episcopal Diocese in the US. In recent years I’ve been working with Convicts in a maximum security prison. (Believe it or not, there’s more relationship between the two contexts than one would first imagine.) Dr. Jerome Berryman knows a lot about the importance of the child – and that focus is essential in most of the criminal behaviours I’ve run into in the past 20 years. Anyway your educational specialists are right on the money. – you’re doing it right – that’s the best way I can put it. What you are doing is missing in most of the folks I’ve been working with in prison. Thanks for your contribution to a solution to our rather pervasive flop by most specialists and specialty groups in the very expensive and largely ineffectual corrections “industry” in America. In the service of the Incarcerated Christ, Dave

  2. The first Sunday in Lent is February 17. Did you mean for this post to be for that date?

  3. This is great! We’re going to focus on different crosses each week but I’m going to incorporate these themes of prayer as well. Thanks for sharing these lessons!

  4. When will you be posting the remaining 5 sermons? I have the Feb. 17th and 24th I am excited to take some of your ideas and apply it to our Sunday children’s messages this Lenten season. Thanks

    • Thanks, Jane. I will be posting each Sunday 2 weeks ahead. On the post for Feb 17, I have an outline of my Lenten Series. I know I should get them all posted at once, but I don’t have them done and … well… a friend told me I should give up stress for Lent. And the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. I hope this doesn’t cause too much of a problem for you. If I can get really ahead, I will post extras. If you follow my blog, you’ll get an email when I post. Or you can set up Google Reader (or other RSS feed) to catch my new posts. Peace. Fran

  5. Pingback: Help Us Figure Out A Lenten Series… | on the chancel steps

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