Royster Lent Devotional

with Parish Visitor Carol Bayma

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17)


Over the years Royster has provided and sometimes published a variety of devotional booklets for the seasons of Advent and Lent. Once we focused on more than twenty prophecies of the Messiah and another time on forty of the less familiar Lenten hymns. This year we were not so ambitious, but we are trying something new. A weekly, on-line devotional for Lent will draw materials for brief study, reflection and prayer from a new book by Walter Brueggemann, Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out (2018).

Brueggemann’s appeal to the church today urges a reflection on its own historic calling. The eight chapters provide a fitting entry into a study of what may be the best known, biblical mandate for justice: “What does the Lord re-quire of you but to do justice ...” (Micah 6:8) We use it here in a devotional format, encouraging those who take up this spiritual discipline to dialogue not only in private with God the Holy Spirit but also in communion with the body of Christ in an online conversation for the 2019 season of Lent. 

This devotional exercise will comprise eight sessions that address personal and public issues challenging Christians to look squarely into several faces of oppression that silences groups of people in our culture and society today. Brueggemann will help us look at pertinent portions of Scripture and we'll take a peek at some of the confessional statements of our church to engage what we understand God says to us on these topics. The devotional work will be your reflection and prayer.

DOWNLOAD THE INTRODUCTION AND SCHEDULE
download lent devotional session 01 (march 03)
download lent devotional session 02 (MARCH 06)
DOWNLOAD LENT DEVOTIONAL SESSION 03 (MARCH 11)
DOWNLOAD LENT DEVOTIONAL SESSION 04 (MARCH 18)
DOWNLOAD LENT DEVOTIONAL SESSION 05 (MARCH 25)
DOWNLOAD LENT DEVOTIONAL SESSION 06 (APRIL 01)
DOWNLOAD LENT DEVOTIONAL SESSION 07 (APRIL 08)
DOWNLOAD LENT DEVOTIONAL SESSION 08 (APRIL 15)

The eight sessions will contain prayer starters for opening and closing your time to consider a particular “oppressive silence,” as identified by Brueggemann. Scripture references will be listed, a topical verse will be quoted. Two paragraphs of application follow. Some of us may be inspired to look beyond what Brueggemann has proposed as pertinent application of the scriptural themes. You add your own time for reflection. Three or four questions are provided to seed that process.

For small-group sharing, the email group will consist of four or five persons. Each individual will agree to participate in that group by sharing her or his own reflections on one (and only one) of the listed questions: 100 to 150 words should make it manageable for all. Each member of the small group will respond to the reflections of others in the same small group in similar length and with respect and kindness. That means that over a four-or five-day period, you will have a private devotional time, you will write and email one ‘original’ reflection and you will respond to the reflection of three or four others, while they are responding to yours.

Please sign up below by writing ‘Lent Devotional Sign-Up’ in the Subject and indicating which path you want to join in the Message: Individual or Small Group. Parish Visitor Carol Bayma will reply to you personally!

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