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Sacrifice

Sacrifice - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Luke 22:19-20

Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

If you are taking part in the Lent goal to read all of Luke, today read Luke 21-22:23.

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Now incorporated into Christian Eucharistic liturgy, the words we read in today’s passage are familiar to many of us. As a result, it’s almost impossible to capture the sense of overwhelm and uncertainty that likely engulfed the disciples as they heard Jesus speak. What to us are words of comfort and reassurance, at the time evoked fear and confusion. Noticing this difference helps us more fully perceive the sacrifice being made; to recognize the sense of hope and possibility that Jesus had created for his disciples but was now moving on from. Having lived a life dedicated to serving God and healing humankind, Jesus now readied himself to die a death dedicated to serving God and healing humankind. Let us pray today for a deepened sense of gratitude for all that Jesus was and did for us. Out of this act of love, we are offered a renewed relationship with God; we are given the hope and possibility of eternal life.


Redeeming God, kindle within us a deeper appreciation for all You have done for us. Awaken us to a greater awareness of the divide Your love bridges, as You overlook our shortcomings and flawed humanity, to build an ongoing relationship with each one of us. Help us appreciate the hope and possibility that Your love for us brings, in this world and the next. Amen.


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journey of reflection through Lent.

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Serve

Serve- Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Luke 20:25

He said to them, “Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

If you are taking part in the Lent goal to read all of Luke, today read Luke 20.

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The reading today comprises Jesus’ response to the Pharisees who had set a legalistic trap for Jesus. The response has him neatly escaping from the Pharisee’s trick, yet it also highlights the extent to which we live in a conflicted world. In biblical times and today, we have different groups of people, or aspects of our lives, making competing and contradictory claims on us. It’s not easy steering a clear path through the many obligations we have. But Jesus’ answer also holds for us a different way to look at the dilemma. If all that we are comes from God, what is left if we give “to God the things that are God’s”? What does our life look like if we shape all our endeavours – our work, our leisure, our worship even – such that they are gifts to be given to God?


Generous God, You have given each one of us so much in our lives. Blessings of love and acceptance, gifts of talents and opportunities, the presence of mercy and forgiveness. Help us see how we can share Your gifts with those around us and reflect Your generosity into our communities. Help us recognize the ways in which You would have us use our time and energy to serve Your holy will. Amen.


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Serve

Luke 1:38 Mary pledges to serve God

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.


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Mary speaks with such simplicity and grace in this passage. Her words and her serenity are an unassuming and peaceful acceptance of God’s plan for her life. Her willingness to serve is all the more incredible for the magnitude of what Mary is taking on – being unmarried and pregnant. The uncomplicated ‘yes’ which Mary gives to the angel, and to God’s direction can be an inspiration to all of us, who at one time or another have given ‘yes, if only,’ or ‘maybe,’ or ‘not right now’ answers to God’s purpose in our lives. Where is God asking us to serve Him? Where might we give an uncomplicated “here am I” to an opportunity to share God’s love in the world?


Understanding God, You see all our resistance and hesitance and uncertainty; You know all our doubts and discomfort and reluctance. Inspire us, through the courage of Mary, to recognize the opportunities in front of us to share Your love and proclaim Your word. Strengthen and sustain us to be channels of Your purpose here on earth. Amen.

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Blessings and best wishes for 2019.