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University United Methodist Church 2014 Lenten Practices Calendar

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  • A New Direction is a daily invitation to experience the season of Lent. Each day of the week has been assigned a particular mode of spiritual practice to encourage intentional time of daily growth. Because Sundays are not traditionally counted in the 40 days of Lent, they are included as days of celebration of life and Gods gifts to us. The other days cycle through the practices of reflection, connection, awareness, discernment, taking things on and giving things up.

    This daily calendar is not meant to be another task to complete. Rather, it is a tool to help awaken you more fully to your reliance upon God ... and Gods loving presence in the day-to-day moments that shape your life.

  • The season of Lent reminds us that after Jesus was baptized and before his ministry began, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where he fasted for 40 days. During this time, Christ was tempted to give in to the vices of power, instant gratification and pride.

    Starting on Ash Wednesday, the University UMC community of faith begins its own 40-day journey to reflect and discern Gods movement in our lives, and to acknowledge our own temptations that lead us from our identity as children of God. With the Spirits guidance, the journey of Lent is an opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and allow our thoughts and practices to move in a new direction.

    To learn more about Lenten practices within the tradition of the United Methodist Church, please visit www.uumc.org/lent

    Remember you are dust ... and to dust you shall return.

    Join us forUniversity UMCs Sanctuary on the Sidewalk Imposition of Ashes on Guadalupe Street Noon

    Ash Wednesday Traditional Sanctuary Service Begin the new direction of the Lenten journey 6:30 pm

    Week One | Awareness

    ASH WEDNESDAYMarch 5

    Read Psalm 51:1-17Learn more about contemplative

    methods for reading the Bible www.uumc.org/lent

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

  • Week One | Discernment

    THURSDAYMarch 6

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 51; Jonah 3:1-10

    Romans 1:1-7

    Examine areas of resistance in your life through this prayer

    The Welcoming PrayerWelcome, welcome, welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know its for my healing. I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations and conditions. I let go of my desire for power and control. I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval and pleasure. I let go of my desire for survival and security. I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person or myself. I open to the love and presence of God and Gods action within. Amen. by Father Thomas Keating

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Take an intentional look back for a moment at each doorway you walk through today. If a person is following behind you, hold the door open and say, Hello.

    Reflect upon or share your experiences with this practice during your evening meal. Was this experience meaningful? Did it really matter whether you held the door

    open or not? What faith-lessons did you discover when you engaged this practice?

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Week One | Taking On

    FRIDAYMarch 7

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 51; Jonah 4:1-11

    Romans 1:8-17

  • Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Week One | Giving Up

    SATURDAYMarch 8

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 51, Isaiah 58:1-12

    Matthew 18:1-7

    Bring canned food items to University UMC tomorrow or during the week ahead in support of Micah 6. Place

    your donations in one of our A New Direction bins located in the north

    and south Sanctuary lobbies.

    Donations will be given to Austins Micah 6 ministryLearn more about Micah 6 at our website: www.uumc.org/lent

    List 10 people you are grateful for having in

    your life

    Write a short note to one of those people and send itYoure invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Week Two | Celebration

    SUNDAYMarch 9

    Todays ReadingsGenesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

  • Reflect on the meanings you find in this poem

    Put your ear to the ground and listen:hurried, worried footsteps,bitterness, rebellion.Hope hasnt yet begun.Listen again.Put out feelers.The Lord is there.(God) is far less likely to abandon us in hardshipthan in times of ease.

    - Dom Helder Camara, Brazil

    Week Two | Reflection

    MONDAYMarch 10

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 32, 1 Kings 19:1-8

    Hebrews 2:10-18

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Pay special attention today to ways that you connect with service workers.

    Do you make eye contact? Do you engage in conversation? Reflect on the

    ways that people go unnoticed during your day.

    Week Two | Connection

    TUESDAYMarch 11

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 32, Genesis 4:1-16

    Hebrews 4:14-5:10

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

  • Watch this short video about wealth inequality in America:View this video at our website: www.uumc.org/lent

    Week Two | Awareness

    WEDNESDAYMarch 12

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 32; Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28

    Matthew 18:10-14

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Do you allow achievement, money or career pursuits to have the greatest value in your life?

    How might you rely upon God to overcome these attractions?

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Week Two | Discernment

    THURSDAYMarch 13

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 121; Isaiah 51:1-3

    2 Timothy 1:3-7

  • How might you stand upfor someone?

    Be mindful of the waysothers are diminished.

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Week Two | Taking On

    FRIDAYMarch 14

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 121; Micah 7:18-20

    Romans 3:21-31

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Week Two | Giving Up

    SATURDAYMarch 15

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 121; Isaiah 51:4-8

    Luke 7:1-10

    Give up soda, coffee or other common drinks this week. Donate the money youd normally spend.

  • Week Three | Celebration

    SUNDAYMarch 16

    Todays ReadingsGenesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121

    Romans 4:1-5, 13-17John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Imagine yourself in this poem by Denise Levertov

    As swimmers dareto lie face to the sky

    and water bears them,as hawks rest upon airand air sustains them,

    so would I learn to attain freefall, and float

    into the Creator Spirits deep embrace,knowing no effort earns

    that all-surrounding grace.

    Christ with me, Christ before me,Christ behind me, Christ in me,

    Christ beneath me, Christ above me,Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

    Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height,Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me,

    Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me,Christ in every eye that sees me,Christ in every ear that hears me.

    From St. Patricks Lorica

    Week Three | Reflection

    MONDAYMarch 17

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 128; Numbers 21:4-9

    Hebrews 3:1-6

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

  • Week Three | Connection

    TUESDAYMarch 18

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 128; Isaiah 65:17-25

    Romans 4:6-13

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Make a commitment to serve and connect with those who are on the margins.

    Need an idea? RSVP today for University UMCs Lenten project to build a wheelchair ramp and make security repairs at OutYouth, a group that promotes the well-being of sexual and gender minority youth so they may openly and safely explore and affirm their identi-ties. Adult-supervised children & youth are welcome.

    When & Where: Sat. Mar. 29. Carpool from church at 8:30 am to OutYouth, 909 E. 49 1/2 St., 78751. Return at 5 pm.

    Bring: Hammer, safety goggles, saw, sunscreen, sturdy shoes. Lunch & water provided.

    RSVP: Rev. Bill Frisbie at 512-478-9387 or bfrisbie@uumc.org Learn more: www.outyouth.org

    Listen to Chimamanda Ngozi AdichiesTED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story

    View this video at our website: www.uumc.org/lent

    Week Three | Awareness

    WEDNESDAYMarch 19

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 128; Ezekiel 36:22-32

    John 7:53-8:11

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

  • Week Three | Discernment

    THURSDAYMarch 20

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 95; Exodus 16:1-8

    Colossians 1:15-23

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Today is the first day of Spring.

    Where do you see clues of new life around you?

    Specifically, where is Godworking to make things new

    in your life?

    Week Three | Taking On

    FRIDAYMarch 21

    Todays ReadingsPsalm 95; Exodus 16:9-21

    Ephesians 2:11-22

    Youre invited to keep this page in your pocket today as a reminder of our Lenten journey

    Keep in your car individual servings of fruit, tuna or water to give to other