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Two Lenten Bible Reading Plans for the Gospel of John

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READING PLAN #1: The Simple Gospel of John Bible Reading Plan

  • 5 readings per week for 8 weeks, beginning the week of February 19th, the week of Ash Wednesday, and continuing through the week after Easter, April 9th.
  • A simple plan to help you hear from God through scripture reading- Stillness, Attention, Connection, Invitation to Action, and Prayer.
  • The reading plan is designed with grace. If I use a 7-day-a-week plan I get behind and I get discouraged and I drop out. A 5-day reading plan leaves room to catch up and to rest.
  • Consider printing the plan on card stock and using it as a bookmark.

CLICK HERE to download the reading plan

READING PLAN #2: Gospel of John Bible Reading Plan With Prompts

  • 6 readings per week for 7 weeks, beginning the week of February 26th, the first full week of Lent, and continuing through the week after Easter, April 9th.
  • A simple plan to help you hear from God through scripture reading- Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer.
  • The reading plan includes a prayer prompt or simple action to help bring the reading for the day to life.

2023 Simple Gospel of John Reading Plan © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You’re welcome to share this plan with others. Please do not claim it or publish it as your own.

2023 Gospel of John Reading Plan with Prompts © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You’re welcome to share this plan with others. Please do not claim it or publish it as your own.

A Prayer for Light-Bearers

light of the world robbie quinn

You are the Light of the World by Robbie Quinn

Matthew 5:14 – Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”

Creating Light, Redeeming Light, Sustaining Light

We seek your presence and your love this day. We come from many places, from many backgrounds, from many stories. And now, drawn by your light, we gather together with you here. In our joy and in our sorrow, your embracing light meets us, holds us, and calls us beloved.

What are you grateful for? Take a moment to name your gratitude today.

Thank you, Lord, for your light.

What is heavy on your heart? Take a moment to name the needs of our world, our community, and ourselves.

Thank you, Lord, for your light.

Drawn by the light of God, may we open ourselves to be filled with a love that transforms, that makes whole, that inspires, so that we may carry light and love where there is sorrow and pain.

You have called us to be light-bearers. Let us not hide it or hoard it. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Tend in us hearts that give with passion.

Thank you Holy One, Light of the World, Word made flesh, Jesus our Savior, who taught us to pray, saying:
Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer

A huge thank you for Rev. Macon Armistead for permission to post his prayer.
Matthew 5:13-20 is read on Year A — Epiphany — Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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A Prayer for Light-Bearers © 2023 Macon Armistead
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Light & Salt – a prayer inspired by Matthew 5.13-16

Matthew 5:13-14 Believers Are Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the  earth; but if the salt loses its … | Salt and light, Light of the world,  Salt of the earth

Jesus,
You name us Beloved, Blessed
Son, Daughter
Sibling, Heir
Help us remember

You name us Child of the King
Redeemed, Forgiven
Saved by grace through faith
Help us remember

You name us Light, Salt,
Hope, Grace
A Priesthood of Believers
Help us remember

You name us, you alone
Nothing can change what You have said
Blessed be your Holy Name

The congregation is invited to offer their own praise and thanksgiving

Amen.

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Salt & Light © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Choosing a Word of the Year – 2023 Update

Choosing a Word of the Year
Some folks choose a word to guide their year. It functions like a mantra to help them manifest a goal.

My word of the year comes to me. She chooses me. She appears one day, bags in hand, ready to move in. As the months pass and we get to know one another, the word offers me much-needed lessons and wisdom.

What’s surprised me most about receiving a word for the year is the way they abide. So far, all my words have their home in me. They continue to offer grace year after year like a tribe of dear friends. They collaborate with one another and encourage one another to share even more with me as I’m ready to receive it. (or need to receive it)

In 2019, Practice arrived. She gives me permission to experiment, risk, prototype, and fail.

In 2020, it was Rhythm. She’s not a driving, disciplined march. She’s like jazz, the pulse underneath improvisation and adaptation that holds everything together.

Truth joined us in 2021. She helps me say what needs to be said, making space for deep conversation, healing, and peacemaking.

Last year, Curiosity surprised me. I didn’t know how much I needed her. She helps me lead with questions rather than answers, opening the way for unexpected possibilities.

Struggling For My Next Word
My word for the new year usually appears sometime in December, but that didn’t happen last year. The new year came, no word. Weeks went by, no word. Would one come?

I stepped outside myself and went searching for my word. Risk – Abide – Courage. Wonderful words but they weren’t my word. Others began sharing their word with me. Their words weren’t my word.

I wandered. I wondered. I worried. Was my grief blocking the way? Did I need to spend more time with the words I already have? It was unsettling. Where was my word? I knew I needed her.

Then last week, the knock came. I went to the door to meet Adventure. What a word! Expansive. Inviting. Eager. Daring.

I’d felt myself shrinking in recent months. Pulling back. Second guessing. I know it’s the shadow side of grief but knowing is not the same as making your way through it. Adventure is here, machete in one hand, compass in the other, cutting the clinging vines from the path, helping me move forward into places I’ve never been. Welcome, to the family Adventure. 

What word is choosing you this year? I’d love to hear your story. 

2023 word of the year

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Choosing a Word of the Year Update © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, http://www.revlisad.com 

You Cannot Love Me More, a prayer affirming God’s unconditional love

An Undivided Heart by Gillian Ross

You cannot love me more
You will not love me less
You love me fully
Now and always

Help me accept the gift of your love
Help me trust it
Help me accept it fully

There’s no need to earn your love
No need for anxious striving
No fear of misstep or failure

You release me from falsehood
You free me from shame
You make me alive with promise

You cannot love me more
You will not love me less
You love me fully
Now and always

Hallelujah!

You Cannot Love Me More © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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