Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 13 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Love”  by Sharon White
 
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, 
let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen.
 
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesley Tradition
40 Days with Wesley
 
When they had finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”   Simon replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”   Jesus said to him,  “Feed my lambs.”   Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Simon replied,  “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.”  He asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Peter was sad that Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?”  He replied, “Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
 John 21:15-17
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
 
Thirteenth Reading, Station Thirteen:
Jesus Dies on the Cross
Luke 23:44-46
 
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 12 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Family”  by Sharon White
 
 
 
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
he leads me to restful waters;
he keeps me alive.
He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger because you are with me,
Your rod and your staff – they protect me.
You set a table for me right in front of my enemies,
You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over!
Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the Lord’s house as long as I live.
 
Prayer of Presence, Psalm 23
40 Days with Wesley
 
See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are!  Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us.
Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be.  We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is.  And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself even as he is pure.
1 John 3:1-3
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
 
Twelfth Reading, Station Twelve:
Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciples
John 19:25-27 
 
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 11 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Promise”  by Sharon White
 
Faithful Guide and Companion, continue to speak to me the words of guidance, encouragement, and love that I need.  And send me to meet this day with your power and presence to go where Jesus Christ leads me and live as your faithful disciple all day long.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.  Bethany was a little less than two miles from Jerusalem.  Many Jews had come to comfort Martha and Mary after their brother’s death.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary remained in the house.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.  
Even now I know that whatever you ask God, God will give you.”
Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in
the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am  the resurrection and the life.  
Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die.  Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”
She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ,
God’s Son, the one who is coming into the world.”
John 11: 17-21
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
 
Eleventh Reading, Station Eleven:
Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief
Luke 23:39-43 
 
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 10 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Led”  by Sharon White
 
Tender Shepherd,
Gather us in together as your flock,
Defend us from division,
Save us from sin,
Lead us in paths of righteousness, justice, peace, unity and love,
Help us to discern wisely and well your will and way,
And grant us grace to follow faithfully
Wherever you may lead us,
For we are yours
And want to follow you alone.
Grant us grace to do so, we pray,
In the Name and Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Who taught us to pray…
“Our Father…”  Amen.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again?  It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet.  You are the light of the world.  A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket.  Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Tenth Reading, Station Ten:
Jesus is Crucified
Luke 23:33-34
 
 
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 9 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Hands”  by Sharon White
 
Loving God, I offer open hands,
open mind, open heart,
and a willing spirit to hear
continually your calling
and sending voice.
 I abandon my life and ministry
into your care with the assurance
that you will lead me in paths of
righteousness and goodness.  Amen.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
 
 Let my whole being bless the Lord!
Let everything inside me bless his holy name!
Let my whole being bless the Lord
and never forget all his good deeds;
how God forgives all your sins,
heals all your sickness,
saves your life from the pit,
crowns you with faithful love and compassion,
and satisfies you with plenty of good things
so that your youth is made fresh like an eagle’s…..
The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
very patient and full of faithful love.
God won’t always play the judge;
he won’t be angry forever.
He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin
or repay us according to our wrongdoing
because as high as heaven is above the earth,
that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him.
Psalm 103: 1-5,8-11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Ninth Reading, Station Nine:
Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Luke 23:27-31
 
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 8 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Example”  by Sharon White
 
God revealed in so many ways
The beauty and magnificence of creation
The words of prophet, priest, and servant
The life, death, resurrection of Jesus
The power and constant presence of your Spirit
The witness of your servant saints and
Your sustaining grce that gives me life
 
I bring myself into your presence
Not to tell you what to do
But to invite you to be my honored guest
As I offer to you all that I am
All that I hope to become
And invite your transforming presence
To shape me more and more into your
Beloved and faithful child
For I am yours and I belong to you
My faithful Savior and Guide
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourselves more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out  a portion of faith to each one of you. We have many parts in one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function. In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other. We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us.
Romans 12: 3-6a
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Eighth Reading, Station Eight:
Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian
to Carry the Cross
Mark 15:21
 
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 7 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Himself”  by Sharon White
 
Creator God, author of all that is and lover of all that you have made, deepen our awareness of your mighty acts past and present and your constant presence with us every moment of our existence. Invade our minds, senses, and hearts like a quiet sunrise, a refreshing rain, a beautiful bouquet, a commanding voice, a trusted companion, and a loving touch – because we want to know you and remember who you are with every breath we take.
By the power of your grace, transform us more and more until we become beautiful reflections of your presence and likeness in all that we do and are, as we offer all that we are and have to you in the name and spirit of Christ. Amen.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
What you worship as unknown, I now proclaim to you. God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples made with human hands. Nor is God served by human hands, as though he needed something, since he is the one who gives life, breath and everything else. From one person, God created every human nation to live on the whole earth,having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands…In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us. In God we live, move and exist. As some of your own poets said,
“We are his offspring.”
Acts 17:23b-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Seventh Reading, Station Seven:
Jesus Bears the Cross
John 19:6, 15-17
 
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 6 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Words”  by Sharon White
 
O Divine Love, who calls and sends all who follow you, help me in this time apart to once more hear your voice. Grant grace to hear your voice calling and sending me, and grant faith enough to respond in obedience. Amen.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:9-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Sixth Reading, Station Six:
Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns.
John 19:1-3
 
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 5 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Known”  by Sharon White
 
 
Lover of all who are lost,
Uncertain and alone,
Confused and frightened,
Arrogant and disrespectful,
Anxious and fearful,
All who are seeking a safe and secure home,
And all who are already comfortably at home in your presence,
Come to me now and
Make yourself known to me
As I seek to quiet the noise of the world,
The anxiety of my heart and mind,
And the call of unfinished tasks
So that I may recognize and welcome your voice,
Embrace your presence,
Understand your call,
And invite you to change me more and more
Into that wonderful image you have of me
As your faithful, loving,
and obedient child.  Amen.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
In the past, God spoke through the prophets to our ancestors in many times and many ways. In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a Son. God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him. The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message.
Hebrews 1:1-3a
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Fifth Reading, Station Five:
Jesus is judged by Pilate.
Mark 15:1-5, 15
 
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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Lenten Online Experience

 
Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 4 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Identity”  by Sharon White
 
Loving God
Remind me often today where I find my identity.
May I never forget that I am your beloved child.
May I listen for and hear your faintest whisper,
Feel your slightest touch,
Respond quickly to your call,
Yield to your word of correction,
Rejoice in your companionship,
And serve you faithfully all the days of my life.
 
Thank you for hearing my prayers
And accepting my life.
I offer them to you as completely as I can
In the Name and Spirit of Jesus Christ.  Amen.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
Lord, you have
examined me.
You know me.
You know when I sit
down and when I stand up.
Even from far away you
comprehend my plans.
You study my traveling and my resting.
You are thoroughly familiar with all my ways.
There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord,
that you don’t already know completely.
You surround me-front and back. You put your hand on me.
That kind of knowledge is too much for me;
it’s so high above me that I can’t fathom it.
Psalm 139:1-6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Fourth Reading, Station Four:
Jesus is denied by Peter.
Matthew 26:69-75
 
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 3 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Language”  by Sharon White
 
Loving God,
Who understands before I form my prayer,
Who hears when I call and translates my humble words
     into beautiful hymns of gratitude and praise
And responds to my uncertain cry for help
    with assurance, peace, and palpable presence,
 
Here I am as fully in your presence
    as I am able to be,
Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes,
    my love, and my life,
For I am yours and belong to no other.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do.  They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard.  Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask.  Pray like this:
 
Our Father who is in heaven,
uphold the holiness of your name.
Bring in your kingdom
so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven.
Give us the bread we need for today.
Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you,
just as we also forgive those who have wronged us.
And don’t lead us into temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:7-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am a big believer in  knowing someone’s Love Language: Words of Affirmation; Quality Time; Gift Giving; Physical Touch; Acts of Service.
 
Knowing a person’s love language allows us to “tailor” our relationship with them. For example, if I have a friend who absolutely cherishes every gift she’s given, I can be certain that I can “speak love” to her by giving her a thoughtfully chosen present. I, on the other hand, know that Acts of Service is my primary love language.  As a result, I’ve often told my husband, “if you want to show me love, don’t buy me a diamond -do the dishes!’
 
Jesus speaks the ultimate love language to us, and to the Father on our behalf. We can be sure that Jesus Christ models the truest language of love.
 
Every language on earth is music to the ears of the Father, especially when we praise Him and share the message of the gospel. Nurture your relationship with God — let Him reveal to you how you are uniquely created to speak the love language that was chosen just for you.
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Third Reading, Station Three:
Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin.
Luke 22:66-71
 
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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Lenten Online Experience

Lenten Online Experience
(Edition 2 of 13)
ChurchLove – “Imagine”  by Sharon White
 
 
 
Tender Shepherd,
Bring to my awareness your constant companionship,
To my weariness your matchless strength,
To my brokenness your healing touch,
And to my joy your blessing.  Amen.
Prayer of Presence, John Wesley
40 Days with Wesley
 
If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever.  This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive because it neither sees him nor
recognizes him.  You know him, because he
lives with you and will be with you.
I won’t leave you as orphans.  I will come to you.  Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.  Because I live, you will live too.  On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.  Whoever has my commandments and keeps them loves me.  Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.
John 14:15-21
 
 
 
 
 
(Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus are lying in the grass, looking up at the sky)
Lucy: If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations…what do you think you see, Linus?
Linus: Well, those clouds up there look to me like the map of the British  Honduras in the Caribbean.
(Linus continues, pointing to a different part of the sky)
That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor.  And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen, with the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.
Lucy: Uh-huh…that’s very good…what do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?
Charlie: Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!
 
God created us with an imagination and a sense of wonder, so our finite human minds could begin to know the majesty and glory  of our Creator!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear God
I love you
I love cookies
I love Daddy
I love Mommy
I love Jesus
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Prayers of our Kids
by Abigail T.
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
Second Reading, Station Two:
Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested.
Mark 14:43-46
 
 
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Lenten Online Experience

 
 
Holy God of unconditional love and
unlimited presence, 
I come to make myself fully available
to you, your will, and your way.
Speak to me gently and clearly, for I am yours
and desire to hear, understand, and be obedient
to your slightest whisper.
Speak, for I am listening.
John Wesley’s “Prayer of Presence”
40 Days with Wesley
 
 
Six days later Jesus took Peter, James,
and John his brother, and brought them
to the top of a very high mountain.
 He was transformed in front of them.
 His face shone like the sun and his
clothes became white as light.
Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
talking with Jesus.  Peter reacted
to all of this by saying to Jesus, 
“Lord it’s good that we’re here.  If you
want,  I’ll make three shrines: one for you,
one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  
While he was still speaking,  look,
a bright cloud overshadowed them.
A voice from the cloud said,
This is my Son whom I dearly love.  
I am very pleased with him.  Listen to him!”  
Hearing this, the disciples fell  on their faces,
filled with awe.
Matthew 17:1-6
 
 
 
 
Church is an outdated convention.
It’s just a building.
I’d feel out of place.
No one would say hello to me.
Everyone would judge me.
Going to church is unnecessary.
I can worship anywhere…..
 
   In one of my favorite books about church, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations,  Robert Schnase writes, The Greek word for church, ekklesia, means ‘called out of the world,’ and refers to the calling of people from their ordinary life to gather together in sacred time and space.  Worship breathes life into the
community of Christ’s followers, forms identity, and provides a place of common learning about faith and listening to God. 
     Being called out of the world is a holy request, made by Jesus Himself.  
   So many reasons can exist for not attending worship. During the season of Lent especially, I believe we are called to challenge those reasons.
   Listen to God. Give Him your time and attention as never before. Let Him alone reveal His calling over your life.
 
 I believe that now, more than ever,
our world needs church.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Prayers of our Kids
by Jackson O.
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout our Lenten Online Experience,
we will be following the 
Stations of the Cross,
which remember the events of the last
earthly day of Jesus’ life.
 
From Sorrow and Betrayal,
to Crucifixion and Resurrection,
immerse yourself in the scriptures,
as we walk the road that Jesus walked.
 
First Reading, Station One:
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Matthew 26:36-41
 
Explore the Stations of the Cross on
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