Digital Lenten Retreat

Welcome to the 2021 Digital Lenten Retreat

This Lent, LIRS invites you and your community to join us in taking a break from the busyness of the season to take a deep breath, reflect, and pray. This Digital Lenten Retreat will take about 10 minutes of your day and can be repeated as often as you like.  

Wherever you are, begin with a moment of silence, creating space and inviting God to open your heart. Then, prayerfully reflect on the Scripture passages, video reflections, and questions offered throughout.  

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OPENING PRAYER:  

 Gracious Lord, open our hearts and minds to receive You in this moment today. Breathe life into our thoughts, wisdom into our words, and love into our actions. Bring us closer to you in this season of Lent so we might emerge renewed and ready to be the hands and feet of God.  

Amen. 

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“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”   

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Then the devil took Him to the holy city and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”  

Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”  

(Matthew 4:1-11)  

  

WATCH:  The Rev. Ralen Robinson shares a reflection on the text from the Gospel of Matthew  


REFLECT:  

What is the "journey through the wilderness" you are currently on? In what ways can you invite God into your wilderness journey? Are there wilderness journeys of others that the Spirit is calling you to notice? 

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"

(Isaiah 58:6-7)  

  

WATCH: ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission alum Alexis Steig shares reflections on the text from Isaiah and how it relates to the idea of Lenten fasting 


REFLECT:  

What other types of fasting can bring us closer to God this Lenten season? What can we do today or in this season of Lent to serve our neighbors in the ways Isaiah asks us to? 

As we travel through the season of Lent, reflecting inward and finding ways to do God's work, LIRS is welcomes our new neighbors and walks alongside them on their journeyFor the past 80 years, LIRS has welcomed more than half a million refugees and looks to the future with hopeful anticipation of continued growth in this work.  

In the words of Martin Luther, "God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does." As you journey through Lent, in what ways have you been the recipient of others’ good works. How does that effect your relationship with God?  

WATCH: Ways to get involved today and in the future 


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CLOSING PRAYER:  

 Welcoming God, we thank you for this time to step away from the busyness of life to ponder and reflect. We hear your call to action and we ask for guidance on this journey forward. Bless us and keep us through these forty days so we can be prepared for the newness and goodness to come.  

Amen. 

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