40 Day Lenten Journal

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St. Stephen's Lenten Journal Project 2020

Looking for a spiritual tool that can help you to get in touch with your faith development?  Consider joining us for 40 days of Lenten Journaling!  This daily devotional practice will provide an opportunity to read a brief passage of scripture drawn from the daily lectionary–the calendar of scripture readings assigned to each day of the year–and to respond to those readings through journaling and other activities.  Daily prompts to ponder or write are provided to accompany each passage to help guide you along this journey.

You can participate in one (or all) of three ways as you are so moved and inspired:

1)     as a solitary activity, in privacy

2)     as part of a small group, sharing and encouraging what and how you choose

3)     as part of an online community, by responding to—and sharing—the lectionary reading and writing prompt on our Facebook page or in the comments here.

Hard copy printouts with each of the reading citations and all the prompts will be available to pick up on Sunday, February 23rd, or watch our Facebook page during Lent to get the daily reading and writing/pondering prompts starting on Ash Wednesday, February 26.


April 9, 2020
  • Prompt for Day 38

    April 9, 2020

    When Jesus knelt and washed his disciples’ dusty feet, he was doing what only a slave was expected to do. Imagine Jesus kneeling before you and washing your feet. Imagine him looking into your eyes. Write or ponder what you hear him saying to you, and what you say to him.

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  • Day 38: John 13:1-17

    April 9, 2020

    John 13:1-17 New International Version (NIV)
    Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
    13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

    2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

    6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

    7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

    8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

    Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

    9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

    10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

    12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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