Lent Devotional 2019

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This year's devotional is a ministry of the Class of 2018 with additional contributions by student and alumnae/i leaders. A special thanks to Deb Burgess '06 and the Rev. Andy Greenhow, executive assistant to the president and secretary to the Board, for recording this year's audio files.

March 6, 2019 | Michael Ondrick | Online | Audio | PDF

March 7, 2019 | Gary Glasser | Online | Audio | PDF

March 8, 2019 | The Rev. Angela Rishell '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 9, 2019 | Christopher Graham Jr.' 18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 10, 2019 | Robin Sharp '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 11, 2019 | The Rev. Michele Ward '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 12, 2019 | The Rev. Jay Howell '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 13, 2019 | The Rev. Lezley J. Stewart '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 14, 2019 | The Rev. David Schell '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 15, 2019 | The Rev. Judith McMillan '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 16, 2019 | Ryan Lucas' 18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 17, 2019 | The Rev. Jennifer L. Stroud '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 18, 2019 | The Rev. Debbie Smith '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 19, 2019 | The Rev. C. Mark Scott '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 20, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. Marjorie Davis '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 21, 2019 | Michael Clark '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 22, 2019 | The Rev. Amy Jun '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 23, 2019 | Robin Sharp '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 24, 2019 | PJ Pfeuffer '12/'18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 25, 2019 | The Rev. Colin Pritchard '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 26, 2019 | M. Courtenay Willcox '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 27, 2019 | The Rev. John Cowie '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 28, 2019 | The Rev. Luke Farwell '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 29, 2019 | Daniel J. DeBrucker '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 30, 2019 | Victoria (Tor) Voller '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

March 31, 2019 | Benjamin Rumbaugh '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 1, 2019 | Roderick (Rick) Mason '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 2, 2019 | Frances Lin '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 3, 2019 | Sara Lawson '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 4, 2019 | The Rev. Lori Walters '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 5, 2019 | The Rev. Joshua Fisher '14/'18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 6, 2019 | The Rev. Jennifer L. Stroud '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 7, 2019 | The Rev. Graham McWilliams '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 8, 2019 | Corey D. Rugh '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 9, 2019 | The Rev. Jon Chillinsky '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 10, 2019 | Sr. Moonkyung Park '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 11, 2019 | The Rev. Brenda Barnes '07/'18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 12, 2019 | The Rev. Marty Neal '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 13, 2019 | Joanne Spence | Online | Audio | PDF

April 14, 2019 | Ciera (Cici) James  | Online | Audio | PDF

April 15, 2019 | Fr. Jim D. King '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 16, 2019 | The Rev. Joshua Fisher '14/'18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 17, 2019 | The Rev. Robert V. Ellson '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 18, 2019 | The Rev. Joel Peterson '18 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 19, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. John Welch ’02 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 20, 2019 | The Rev. Carolyn Cranston ’99 | Online | Audio | PDF

April 21, 2019 | The Rev. Joseph Hedden Jr. ’97 | Online | Audio | PDF


Additional Lenten Resources

  • Coffee with the Dean Video Series During the final week of Coffee with the Dean, Dean Heather Vacek and Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Steve Tuell discuss preaching from the Old Testament during Holy Week, how we're called to be guests, and using well-established prayers in worship services. Watch Week 7 / In Week 6, Dean Heather Vacek and Director of the Worship Program Kendra Buckwalter Smith discuss worship resources for planning services, why some churches consider it Palm Sunday while others approach it as Passion Sunday, and Holy Week hymn suggestions. Watch Week 6 / Week 5: During this Coffee with the Dean Lent Week 5 segment, Dean Heather Vacek and Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Assessment Barbara Blodgett converse about the future of theological education, foot washing as a Lenten practice, and preaching on Isaiah 43, where God says, "I am about to do a new thing." Watch Week 5 / Week 4: During Week 4, it's Dean x 2. Deans Heather Vacek and John Welch chat about the church's role in community engagement (especially during Lent), Christ's suffering and our own, and being a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5). Watch Week 4 / Week 3: In this Week 3 video, Dean Heather Vacek and Professor of Urban Ministry Drew Smith converse about Lent as a season of assessment, how context influences the understanding of our faith, and the personalizing of the Easter story--both the Crucifixion and resurrection. Watch Week 3 / Week 2: During this Coffee with the Dean Lent Week 2 segment, Dean Heather Vacek and Director of Enrollment and Retention Tracy Riggle Young discuss simple Lenten practices for busy families, how the church should communally commit to observing Lent, and  learning through good works of fiction. Watch Week 2 / Week 1: Dean Heather Vacek and the Rev. Andy Greenhow, executive assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Directors, kick off the Coffee with the Dean Lent 2019 Series. During this Week 1 video, they discuss the stark contrast between Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday, preaching during the season of Lent, and going back to basics this Easter season. Watch Week 1
  • 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
  • Big Book of Lenten Devotionals The Seminary's 2019 “Big Book of Lenten Devotionals” 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
  • Hymns for the Lenten Season Director of the Worship Program the Rev. Kendra Buckwalter Smith ’12/’13 provides a list of some hymns appropriate for Lenten worship, including Sundays and Holy Week. These lists include both familiar and less familiar songs for enriching and expanding your congregation’s Lenten repertoire. Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - First Sunday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Second Sunday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Third Sunday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Fourth Sunday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Fifth Sunday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Palm Sunday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Maundy Thursday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Good Friday / Download the Hymns for Lenten Season PDF - Easter Sunday
  • SYI Hymnal for Wind Instruments The Miller Summer Youth Institute Hymnal for Wind Instruments coordinates with the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal and the 2013 Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal. This resource contains three charts for each song, and each chart shows the vocal lines from the hymnals transposed for a collection of instruments--the ones that the youth in your congregation learn to play for marching and symphonic band. Involve your kids and young adults in an upcoming service! Have them accompany your choir, perform special music in a small group, or play a solo on their flute, saxophone, trumpet, or other wind instrument.  Access the SYI Hymnal for Wind Instruments
  • Lenten Liturgy The Rev. Smith and seminarians planned this Lenten worship service at PTS. Use this service of readings, songs, Scripture, and communion as a way to imagine what it must have been like to witness Christ' crucifixion. Download the liturgy
  • Right but Dead Wrong! In this 14-minute talk, Dr. Edith Humphrey notes that as we approach Lent we are confronted by Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25, and by Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 8 about making good judgments in life. She discusses these two passages in the light of the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel’s parable of the Shepherd and the sheep (Ezekiel 34). This talk, from an Eastern Christian perspective, comes from her podcast, “A Lamp for Today: Understanding the Old Testament with Jesus and the Apostles,” is titled “Right but Dead Wrong! Judgment Sunday,” and can be heard online. For a written version of Dr. Humphrey’s talk, with the same title, see her blog.
  • Don’t Be a Hero! And Other Guidelines for Choosing a Lenten Discipline hese insights by Christian spirituality and ministry professor the Rev. Dr. Roger Owens can aid you in forming Lenten disciplines that are helpful, realistic, and focused on honoring God, not yourself. Read the blog
  • On Roads of Faithfulness This sermon by PTS’s Vice President for Seminary Advancement, the Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian, focuses on repentance—its necessity and significance for the kind of faithful Christian living we concentrate our thoughts on during the Lenten season. Read the sermon
  • Standing at this tomb of water . . . This reflection on Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection by Old Testament and Hebrew professor the Rev. Dr. Steve Tuell gives food for thought—and hope!—especially on Holy Saturday as we contemplate Christ as he lay in the tomb. Read the blog
  • 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 Galilee to Golgotha PowerPoint / Download the Galilee to Golgotha PDF
  • Common Questions Kids Ask about Lent, Holy Week, and Easter—and How to Answer Them! When kids ask questions about Lent, Holy Week, and Easter, you might find that you don’t really know how to answer them! Here you’ll find suggestions for what to say in response to some of those questions. You might even use them as the basis for a children’s sermon or Sunday school lesson, or for conversation at home around the dinner table. Download Easter questions and answers 
  • Easter Breads – A Brief Overview and Sample Recipes Special (mostly) sweet breads are traditional Holy Week and Easter fare from Great Britain eastward across Europe and through Russia, and also in the United States. Find out why, take a look at some recipes, and try out a few of them at home and/or your church for coffee hour—or Communion! Download Easter bread recipes


Past Years

Lent Devotional 2018
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


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