Wondrous Love Daily Devotions for 2020
Pick up your free copy at sanctuary entrances.
This beautiful, full-color Lenten devotional highlights readings from the gospel of Matthew with 46 entries, one for each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Each reading is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, a reflection, and a prayer. This accessible and colorful format makes it easy to incorporate a simple Christian observance into your Lenten journey.
Wondrous Love explores Jesus’ journey from baptism to the cross and the empty tomb, as depicted in Matthew (the gospel focus for 2020, year A in the Revised Common Lectionary). Jesus predicts that he will be betrayed, arrested, abandoned, and put to death, yet he continues on to Jerusalem and the cross. The wondrous love shown by Jesus on this journey guides us on our baptismal journeys and inspires us to sing, serve, and share God’s love with others.
Congregation Book for Lent!
The City is My Monastery by Richard Carter
Richard Carter swapped a life of simplicity with an Anglican religious order in the Solomon Islands for parish ministry in one of London’s busiest churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he serves as Associate Vicar for Mission. Seeing a need for monastic values in the center of the city, he founded the Nazareth Community. Rev. Carter shares the wisdom found in the daily life rooted in the Nazareth Community’s seven guiding principles: Silence, Service, Scripture, Sacrament, Sharing, Sabbath Time, and Staying.
Pick up a copy of the book from Canterbury Press or Amazon (also available on Kindle). Augustana’s office will have several hard copies for purchase, $18. The library will have a few copies as well. Subsidized books will be available in the office for $7 for those who would otherwise be hindered by the book’s cost.
Whether or not you’re reading the book, come to one or both opportunities for highlights and conversation during Lent. Sue Ann is Augustana’s Faith Community Nurse. Her husband Ron has served as a congregational pastor and currently air-commutes nationally in his role with ELCA Churchwide in Chicago. They are both new Augustana members.
Sundays March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: “The City is My Monastery” led by Sue Ann and Pastor Ron Glusenkamp.
- 9:15–10:15 a.m. Adult Forum, Anna Paulson Room
- Noon–1:15 p.m. Soup and Conversation, Anna Paulson Room
Additionally, there will be a Facebook group available with supplemental material as well as a separate, optional daily e-mail with content from Rev. Richard Carter. Link to The City is My Monastery discussion blog here.
Lenten Soup and Holden Evening Prayer Wednesdays in Lent
All are invited to come together for a simple soup meal at 6:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, followed by Holden Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. in Christ Chapel, Wednesdays in Lent, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1. This beautiful worship service and time of fellowship will help us shape this time of Lent as we journey together.
If you would like to help provide soup for the meals, please contact Julie MacDougall (email@example.com).
Write haiku about and during Lent!
Three lines about Lent
written in crisp haiku verse
by and for you all.
You’re invited to submit a haiku or two about Lent throughout the season of Lent. Your lines can be inspired by Lenten scripture, study, prayer, worship, experiences, impressions—anything at all about Lent.
Haiku is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables—just like the first three lines of this article.
Anyone can write haiku, and we welcome submissions from folks of all ages. Use the form below to submit your haiku online, send them by e-mail, or write them legibly and submit them to Augustana’s office any time between Ash Wednesday, February 26 and Good Friday, April 10. Be sure to include your name, and if you are 18 or under, let us know your age. Haiku will be shared via Augustana’s printed and online publications.
Support the Lenten food drive
Augustana continues its tradition of helping stock the shelves of Metro Caring with a special food drive during Lent. Although Augustana’s people generously donate food items for Metro Caring throughout the year, special emphasis on caring for our community’s hungry is encouraged during Lent—almsgiving for the poor being one of the three classic disciplines in this season.
About Metro Caring
Metro Caring’s diverse approach to fighting hunger includes a fully stocked fresh-foods shopping market, healthy living and nutrition education, and tools and resources for self-sufficiency. Metro Caring is passionate about providing nutritious food to those who face economic hardships and helping them become self-reliant.
How to help those in need
Download this list and take it with you to the grocery store. Bring your food donations to the Metro Caring box located at the east sanctuary entrance between Ash Wednesday, February 26 and Easter, April 12. Thank you!
ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving
Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving are pillars of Lenten practice. Almsgiving is understood as sacrificial giving showing care to those in need. As you journey through Lent, consider the ways in which your own gifts to ELCA World Hunger can create hope throughout the world—helping communities gain independence from poverty through community partnerships in those areas.
Consider using a coin jar on your kitchen counter and setting a specific goal amount (such as $2/day or any amount that works for your household). Or download this 40 Days of Giving Lenten Calendar. You can give your gift in an envelope marked ELCA World Hunger during worship at the offering. Or give online and designate World Hunger.