Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

22nd Annual Lenten Devotions

Why Good Shepherd?

This is the twenty-second year that members of Good Shepherd’s congregation have joined together in writing and publishing a Lenten Devotional Booklet.  This year’s topic will be reflections on a fairly simple question: “Why Good Shepherd”. The Lenten season has been divided into six 6 day sections (plus 4 extra days) covering subdivisions of this question:

Why Good Shepherd?

  1. How / Why did you decide to participate at Good Shepherd?
  2. How does Good Shepherd help you serve others?
  3. How and why are you helping Good Shepherd to pass along the faith to others?
  4. Why do you stay and continue to participate at Good Shepherd?
  5. What is your favorite event or story of your time at Good Shepherd and why?
  6. What are you excited about for Good Shepherd’s future?
  7. And four single day topics
    1. “Betrayal”
    2. “New Commandment: Love One Another”
    3. “Abandoned”
    4. “Waiting in Darkness”

As we take time in daily devotions this year from Ash Wednesday until Easter, we will be privileged to read the thoughts, words, stories and prayers of fellow members.

Along with your booklet, you should also take one of the Global Barnyard Piggy Banks. As we move through the 40 days of Lent, we will remember those who hunger. At the bottom of each devotion, you will be encouraged to add a few coins to your World Hunger Piggy Bank.

Once again, we are using ELCA World Hunger’s 40 DAYS of GIVING as our theme.  The suggestions are based on the ELCA’s 40 day Hunger Calendar: Living Simply with God.

It’s easy . . . just pick a coin of choice – 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, or $1. Together as a family or individually respond to the daily suggestion. By joining together with other ELCA congregations across the country, we can help achieve World Hunger’s goal for 2018 to raise over $500,000 during Lent. Our gifts to ELCA World Hunger will help give our brothers and sisters around the world opportunities to earn a fair, sustainable living with dignity.

Whether you are a family of one or ten, we hope you can be inspired and given food for the journey of Lent by these meditations written by members of Good Shepherd.

At a special time of day, perhaps after the evening meal, you can do the following with family members taking turns with the different parts:

Light a candle

Read the Meditation

Talk or meditate about your own reflections

Say the prayer

Feel free to share Lenten Devotional Booklets with your relatives, friends, neighbors and/or colleagues as we share the Good News of our life in Jesus Christ through our stories of faith.

Ned Rich
Christian Education Director