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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Lent is a season of 40 days of focus on Christ and preparation for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. The season begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26) and ends on the Saturday (4/11) before Easter. You are encouraged to observe the Lenten season through Worship and Prayer, Giving Something Up, Spending Time with God, Serving, or Practicing Lent Together. As you “Give Time to God” each day, consider reading through Mark’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the weekly Bible reading plan below. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

3/30Pray. Read Mark 9:14-32, then pray in response to what you read.

3/31 Mark 9:33-50

4/1Mark 10:1-12

4/2 Mark 10:13-16

4/3 Mark 10:17-31

4/4 – Read Mark 10:32-45 in the morning. Read Mark 10:46-52 in the evening.

For a complete version of the Gospel of Mark reading plan for Lent 2020 visit the church website www.AvonUMC.com.

If you do not own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Lent is a season of 40 days of focus on Christ and preparation for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. The season begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26) and ends on the Saturday (4/11) before Easter. You are encouraged to observe the Lenten season through Worship and Prayer, Giving Something Up, Spending Time with God, Serving, or Practicing Lent Together. As you “Give Time to God” each day, consider reading through Mark’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the weekly Bible reading plan below. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

3/23Pray. Read Mark 8:1-13, then pray in response to what you read.

3/24 Mark 8:14-21

3/25Mark 8:22-26

3/26 Mark 8:27-30

3/27 Mark 8:31-9:1

3/28 Mark 9:2-13

For a complete version of the Gospel of Mark reading plan for Lent 2020 visit the church website www.AvonUMC.com.

If you do not own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Lent is a season of 40 days of focus on Christ and preparation for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. The season begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26) and ends on the Saturday (4/11) before Easter. You are encouraged to observe the Lenten season through Worship and Prayer, Giving Something Up, Spending Time with God, Serving, or Practicing Lent Together with your spouse, friends, or small group. As you “Give Time to God” each day, consider reading through Mark’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the weekly Bible reading plan below. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

3/16Pray. Read Mark 6:14-29, then pray in response to what you read.

3/17 Mark 6:30-44

3/18Mark 6:45-56

3/19 Mark 7:1-23

3/20 Mark 7:24-30

3/21 Mark 7:31-37

For a complete version of the Gospel of Mark reading plan for Lent 2020 visit the church website.

If you do not own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Lent is a season of 40 days of focus on Christ and preparation for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. The season begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26) and ends on the Saturday (4/11) before Easter. You are encouraged to observe the Lenten season through Worship and Prayer, Giving Something Up, Spending Time with God, Serving, or Practicing Lent Together with your spouse, friends, or small group. As you “Give Time to God” each day, consider reading through Mark’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the weekly Bible reading plan below. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

3/9Pray. Read Mark 4:21-34, then pray in response to what you read.

3/10 Mark 4:35-41

3/11Mark 5:1-20

3/12 Mark 5:21-43

3/13 Mark 6:1-6

3/14 Mark 6:7-13

If you do not own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



Your Faith Journey 67

Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Lent is a season of 40 days of focus on Christ and preparation for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. The season begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26) and ends on the Saturday (4/11) before Easter. You are encouraged to observe the Lenten season through Worship and Prayer, Giving Something Up, Spending Time with God, Serving, or Practicing Lent Together with your spouse, friends, or small group. As you “Give Time to God” each day, consider reading through Mark’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the weekly Bible reading plan below. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

3/2Pray. Read Mark 1:1-13, then pray in response to what you read.

3/3 Mark 1:14-45

3/4Mark 2:1-12

3/5 Mark 2:13-3:6

3/6 Mark 3:7-35

3/7 Mark 4:1-20

If you do not own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Discipleship is a life-long journey of walking with Christ towards maturity and unity with other believers for the sake of the world. Thankfully, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is with us throughout the journey (Matthew 28:20). Continue seeking the Lord and his will each day as you study scripture and pray.

Monday – Read Matthew 4:23-5:12 and pray the Lord’s Prayer.

Tuesday – Read Matthew 6:5-15 and use Jesus’ prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 as your own prayer.

Wednesday – Read Matthew 6:16-18 and pray for God to reveal what you are supposed to Give Up today, and during the Lenten season, as a way of fasting.

Thursday – Read Matthew 7:7-14; 24-29 and ask God, seek His will, and knock on a door that God guides you to today.

Friday – Read Matthew 9:35-38 and ask the Lord to send out workers into his harvest field.

Saturday – Read Matthew 11:28-30 and give your burdens to Christ because he cares for you. Rest and    enjoy recreation.

If you don’t own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Discipleship is a life-long journey of walking with Christ towards maturity and unity with other believers for the sake of the world. Thankfully, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is with us throughout the journey (Matthew 28:20). Continue seeking the Lord and his will each day as you study scripture and pray.

Monday – Read Romans 1:1-17 and pray for those closest to you, including family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

Tuesday – Read Romans 5 and pray for those who point you towards God (pastors, teachers, small group hosts, mentors, Sunday School teachers, singers/musicians, devotional writers, authors, filmmakers, etc.)

Wednesday – Read Romans 6:1-14 and pray for those who serve as leaders within our community, state, nation, and world.

Thursday – Read Romans 8:1-17 and pray for those in need locally, nationally, and globally.

Friday – Read Romans 8:18-27 and pray for yourself.

Saturday – Read Romans 8:28-39 and rest, enjoy recreation, and reflect upon the past week.

If you don’t own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



Your Faith Journey 64

Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Discipleship is a life-long journey of walking with Christ towards maturity and unity with other believers for the sake of the world. Thankfully, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is with us throughout the journey (Matthew 28:20). Continue seeking the Lord and his will each day as you study scripture and pray.

Monday – Read Joshua 1:1-11, then listen to a favorite song or sing as a way to help you worship the Lord as you pray adoring, honoring, and praising God.

Tuesday – Read Joshua 2 and confess your sins to the Lord.

Wednesday – Read Joshua 3 and offer thanks to God Almighty, the source of our lives and blessings.

Thursday – Read Joshua 4 and lift up prayers and petitions to God on behalf of others and yourself. Consider praying for those in need around the world, brothers and sisters in Christ, our denomination, the community, neighbors, family members, and friends.

Friday – Read Joshua 24:1-15 and sit, kneel, stand, walk, or drive in silence as you wait for the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s message to you. In other words, listen.

SaturdayRest, enjoy recreation, and reflect upon the past week. Re-read verses or phrases that the Holy Spirit draws your attention towards. Share a prayer based on the ACTS acronym that includes, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (praying for the needs of others and yourself).

 



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – One of the ways we grow in our relationship with God and become more mature as followers of Jesus is by spending time praying and studying scripture daily. As you read and study the verses listed below, invite Christ to speak to you through the words of scripture by saying, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10b).

Monday – Read Jesus’ conversation and teaching from John 3:1-21 and pray for the people of the world.

Tuesday – Read Jesus’ words from John 14:15-31 and pray for the Lord to reveal a word, phrase, or verse that is specifically for you for today.

Wednesday – Read Jesus’ words from John 16:12-15 and pray that the Holy Spirit guides your thoughts, words, and actions throughout the day.

Thursday – Read Acts 1:4-9 and pray for those who are not yet believers and haven’t been baptized. Pray that God  uses Christians around the world as witnesses for Christ. Ask the Lord for an opportunity to be a witness for Jesus today, and trust the Holy Spirit to provide you with the right words at the right time.

Friday – Read Acts 2:1-21 and pray that the Holy Spirit will speak through Jesus’ disciples here on the earth now. Ask God to give us a holy boldness and to perform signs and wonders that reveal His power. Use the disciples’ prayer from Acts 4:29-31 as a guide.

Saturday Rest, enjoy Recreation, and Reflect upon the past week. Re-read any verses that the Holy Spirit brings to your attention. Think about how you saw, heard, or experienced God working in your life, or in the lives of others, during the week. Praise the Lord and thank him for what he has done.

Consider downloading the YouVersion Bible App onto your smartphone or tablet from the Apple App Store or Google Play to have the Bible with you wherever you go.

 



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – One of the ways we grow in our relationship with God and become more mature as followers of Jesus is by spending time praying and studying scripture daily. Each day this week, before you read the verses listed below, invite Christ to speak to you through the words of scripture by saying, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10b).

Monday – Read Philippians 2:1-5 and use the words to guide your prayer.

Tuesday – Read Philippians 2:6-11 and praise God for Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Consider singing or listening to a worship song or hymn during your prayer time.

Wednesday – Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and pray for the people of the world, including those who are disconnected from Christ, Christians, persons in need, our denomination, Avon UMC, and our community.

Thursday – Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and thank God for calling us to follow Christ, equipping us to serve, and commissioning us to make disciples.

Friday – Read Jeremiah 9:23-24 and sit, kneel, stand, walk, or drive in silence as you wait for the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s message to you.

Saturday – Rest, enjoy recreation, and reflect upon the past week. Re-read verses or phrases that the Holy Spirit brings to your attention.

If you don’t own a Bible, or you need the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.