Our Journey Through Lent: Reading Through the Gospel of Mark

Lent is one of the most special seasons of the church year. It follows the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany during which we anticipated and prepared for the birth of Jesus and welcomed him as God come to earth to be with us. In the season of Lent we travel with Jesus through his adult life as he teaches and reveals to us who God is and how much God loves us. As we will travel with the Jesus through the final days of his life on earth, his final teachings to his followers, his arrest, trial and crucifixion we will discover all that Jesus has done for us.

Attached you will find a Lenten Journey devotional booklet for adults and for families of all ages.

With this booklet participants will be invited to either read a scripture each day of the week, or young families will be invited to read approximately three bible stories from either the Spark Story Bible published by Sparkhouse or The Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible edited by Elizabeth F. Caldwell and Carol H. Wehrheim. With each week there is also a weekly theme overview, a daily opening prayer, and a page with prompting questions to guide them in either journalling or colouring their responses to the stories they read. At the front of the booklet there are also instructions for making a Lenten garden with a covered tomb and paper whites. Beginning the garden in the first week of Lent promises a garden of flowers on Easter morning.

Please feel free to use the devotional booklet in your family, or photocopy it and distribute it to your congregation for everyone to use over the season of Lent and Easter day. When you open the file it will look jumbled up. This is because the file has been saved as a document ready for you to print out and fold in half to create a 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ booklet. If you are printing one copy out for yourself, set your printer to double-side, short-edge binding. If you are printing out a master set to photocopy and assemble in multiples, then print out each page single-sided and feed through your photocopier to become double-sided with the short-edge binding. Fold the pages into a booklet and you will be ready for Lent beginning on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

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