Lenten Devotionals

Sunday, April 14th

Author: Michael Roberts and Lauren DeLano
Verse: Luke 19:28-40
Scripture:
Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38 saying,

“Blessed is the king
    who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Peace in heaven,
    and glory in the highest heaven!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Devotional:
Today is the Lord’s Day. Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent because Sundays are always a day of worship, resurrection, and praise. In the Spirit of creating life-giving patterns during Lent, we hope that you will make worship a priority. Today we will worship by telling the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his journey to the cross.

We invite you to join us in worship at 8:45 or 11:00 am for a special service of song and scripture led by the FUMC Music Department. At 9:00 am we will begin the service by waving palms and celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and move towards the darkness of Jesus’ death on the cross.
Prayer:
Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.
Question:
How did this morning’s worship service help you to understand the season of Lent in a new way? How did gathering in community help you to re-commit to your Lenten Commitment of giving something up or taking something on?