Lent Devotional 2018

Download the 2018 Lent Devotional

February 14, 2018 | The Rev. Mark Tidd | Online | PDF

February 15, 2018 | Fr. Eric McIntosh ’12 | Online | PDF

February 16, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Sterling ’88/’98 | Online | PDF

February 17, 2018 | Christin Thorpe | OnlinePDF

February 18, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Heather Vacek | OnlinePDF

February 19, 2018 | The Rev. Jay Howell | OnlinePDF

February 20, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Don Ewing ’72/’81 | OnlinePDF

February 21, 2018 | The Rev. Kimberly Greway | OnlinePDF

February 22, 2018 | The Rev. Mark Whitsel ’04 | OnlinePDF

February 23, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Woo | OnlinePDF

February 24, 2018 | Lisa Bunting | OnlinePDF

February 25, 2018 | The Rev. Charissa Howe ’14/’16 | OnlinePDF

February 26, 2018 | The Rev. Joseph Hedden ’97 | OnlinePDF

February 27, 2018 | The Rev. Buena Smith Dudley | OnlinePDF

February 28, 2018 | The Rev. Kendra Buckwalter Smith ’12/’13 | OnlinePDF

March 1, 2018 | The Rev. Walt Pietschmann ’90 | OnlinePDF

March 2, 2018 | The Rev. Lois Swestyn ’03 | OnlinePDF

March 3, 2018 | The Rev. Adam M. Davis | OnlinePDF

March 4, 2018 | Brenda Henry ’17 | OnlinePDF

March 5, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. R. Drew Smith | Online | PDF

March 6, 2018 | The Rev. Susan Blank ’15 | Online | PDF

March 7, 2018 | The Rev. Andy Greenhow | Online | PDF

March 8, 2018 | Fr. Antony Andrews | Online | PDF

March 9, 2018 | The Rev. Kellie Wild ’09 | Online | PDF

March 10, 2018 | Jane Larson ’17 | Online | PDF

March 11, 2018 | The Rev. Richard Wingfield ’02/’13 | Online | PDF

March 12, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Cathy Brall | Online | PDF

March 13, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel | Online | PDF

March 14, 2018 | The Rev. Rebecca Hickok ’93 | Online | PDF

March 15, 2018 | Corey D. Rugh | Online | PDF

March 16, 2018 | Kimberly Gonxhe ’07 | Online | PDF

March 17, 2018 | Dr. Edith Humphrey | Online | PDF

March 18, 2018 | Robin Sharp | Online | PDF

March 19, 2018 | The Rev. Erin Davenport ’05 | Online | PDF

March 20, 2018 | Lori Arnold | Online | PDF

March 21, 2018 | Michelle Spomer | Online | PDF

March 22, 2018 | Dr. Helen Blier | Online | PDF

March 23, 2018 | The Rev. B. De Neice Welch ’04 | Online | PDF

March 24, 2018 | Dr. Scott Hagley | Online | PDF

March 25, 2018 | George Barr | Online | PDF

March 26, 2018 | The Rev. Karen Rohrer | Online | PDF

March 27, 2018 | Brandon Shaw | Online | PDF

March 28, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell  | Online | PDF

March 29, 2018 | Dr. Shan Overton | Online | PDF

March 30, 2018 | Dr. Tucker Ferda | Online | PDF

March 31, 2018 | The Rev. Brenda Barnes ’07 | Online | PDF

April 1, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian | Online | PDF

Additional Lent Resources

  • Lenten Reflections e-Book From Lent through Easter is both an important and an especially busy time for pastors and Christian leaders. In these pages, some of Pittsburgh Seminary's faculty and program directors offer fresh insights and practical ideas to foster the spiritual nourishment of your congregation—and yourself. The informal remarks of these pastor-theologians have been excerpted from "Conversations with the Dean" (a video series developed last year) on a variety of topics relevant to Christian ministry and witness at this reflective and celebratory time in the church year. May they enrich your ministry and your soul. Download the Lenten Reflections eBook
  • Weekly Lent videos exploring a different theme with a member of the PTS community. Watch the videos.
  • Big Book of Lenten Devotionals - Year 2 The Seminary's “Big Book of Lenten Devotionals - Year 2” gives you a valuable resource for personal and corporate Spiritual formation during the Lenten season. From Day 1 through Easter, each section includes multiple biblical passages from the daily lectionary, reflections based on those passages, and accompanying prayers based on each reflection. Seminary alumnae/i, faculty, staff, Board members, and students have contributed to this resource to help enrich your Lenten worship for many years to come. Download the Big Book of Lenten Devotionals - Year 2
  • Thoughts for Ash Wednesday on Fasting and Forgiveness Particularly appropriate for Ash Wednesday, this 20-minute audio by Dr. Edith Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament, relates the Old Testament’s teaching on fasting to the New Testament’s teaching on forgiveness. Dr. Humphrey’s talk is also available in printable form. Use both resources to lead your congregation into the Lenten season. In this 20-minute talk, Dr. Humphrey considers St. Paul’s words on living the attentive life of ascesis, as well as how the prophet Isaiah and the sage ben Sirach help us to understand more about the gospel’s teaching on forgiveness. Why should we ask forgiveness of those whom we think we haven’t even hurt—because our sins hurt everyone in the body of Christ! This talk, from an Eastern Christian perspective, comes from her podcast, “A Lamp for Today: Understanding the Old Testament with Jesus and the Apostles,” and is titled, “Fasting and Forgiveness: Cheesefare Sunday and Forgiveness Vespersand can be heard online. For a written version of Dr. Humphrey’s talk, with the same title, see her blog.
  • Why and How do Christians Fast? Alumnus the Rev. Chris Brown ’08 helps us understand the reasons for and spiritual benefits of the practice of fasting and the ways Christians have practiced fasting in the past and the present. Pair this resource with Dr. Edith Humphrey’s thoughts for Ash Wednesday on fasting and forgiveness for a two- or three-part Sunday school series. Download Why and How do Christians Fast?
  • Jesus Fulfills the Meaning of His Names Use this study by the Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell, James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, with your congregants to show how Jesus the Christ, by his resurrection and ascension, completes the meaning of both of his names. He is Yeshua, our Savior, who destroys our death. He is Emmanuel, God with us, who makes us fully “at one” with God. Download Jesus Fulfills the Meaning of His Names
  • Galilee to Golgotha Slideshow Via captioned lantern slides from the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology’s historic collection, this PowerPoint resource, compiled by alumnus the Rev. Richard Byerly ’07, follows the Gospel of Luke’s account in taking you on a visual trip of the journey from Galilee to Jerusalem, the city of Jesus’ Passion. Use this slideshow as the basis of a Sunday school class at the start of Passion week. Download the PowerPoint Galilee to Golgotha  Download the PDF Galilee to Golgotha 
  • "What Happens to Us Now?" Sermon Read this sermon by the Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian, Vice President for Seminary Advancement, for inspiration on how to move your congregation from somber Lenten reflection to celebration of new life in the resurrected Christ. Download What Happens to Us Now 
  • Hymns for the Lenten Season Director of the Worship Program the Rev. Kendra Buckwalter Smith ’12/’13 provides a list of some of the most excellent hymns appropriate for Lenten worship. The list includes both familiar and less familiar songs for enriching an expanding your congregation’s Lenten repertoire. Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF
  • You can also visit the Digital Downloads "Seasonal Resources" page, and scroll down to the section titled "Lent" for even more great resources.

Past Years

Lent Devotional 2017
Lent Devotional 2016
Lent Devotional 2015
Lent Devotional 2014

Advent Devotional 2017
Advent Devotional 2016
Advent Devotional 2015
Advent Devotional 2014
Advent Devotional 2013
Advent Devotional 2012
Advent Devotional 2011
Advent Devotional 2010
Advent Devotional 2009
Advent Devotional 2008