Lent Devotional 2023

Read and/or listen to daily meditations written by members of the Seminary community. Scroll down to learn more about the various ways you can read the daily messages.

With thanks to Bill Hammond, friend of the Seminary, for providing this year's audio recordings.

Lent Devotionals

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With thanks to Bill Hammond, friend of the Seminary, for providing this year's audio recordings.

Feb. 22, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Steve Tuell | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

Feb. 23, 2023 | The Rev. Canon Eric McIntosh ’12 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

Feb. 24, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Cindy Parker ’10 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

Feb. 25, 2023 | Stephanie Backus | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

Feb. 26, 2023 | The Rev. Brett M. Dinger ’09 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

Feb. 27, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

Feb. 28, 2023 | The Rev. Connie Bennett Hoeke ’94 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 1, 2023 | The Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 2, 2023 | The Rev. Erin M. Davenport ’05 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 3, 2023 | Mitchell Stecker  | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 4, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. April Roebuck ’14/’19 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 5, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Asa J. Lee | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 6, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Jeff Sterling ’88/’98 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 7, 2023 | Dr. Barbara Blodgett | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 8, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Franklin Tanner Capps | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 9, 2023 | The Rev. Anthony R. C. Hita ’13 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 10, 2023 | Dr. Scott J. Hagley | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 11, 2023 | The Rev. Kristen Renee Barner ’97 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 12, 2023 | The Rev. Erik Hoeke, PTS Writer | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 13, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 14, 2023 | The Rev. Jacob Judy ’19 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 15, 2023 | The Rev. Drew Himes ’13 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 16, 2023 | Katelyn Fisher ’22 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 17, 2023 | The Rev. Greg Steible ’14 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 18, 2023 | The Rev. Catherine (Kay) Day ’97 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 19, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Rick Willhite ’86 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 20, 2023 | The Rev. Andy Greenhow | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 21, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Graham D. S. Deans ’06 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 22, 2023 | The Rev. Annamarie Groenenboom ’17 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 23, 2023 | The Rev. Brian Wallace ’06 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 24, 2023 | The Rev. Sarina Odden Meyer ’07 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 25, 2023 | The Rev. Carol Divens Roth ’85 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 26, 2023 | David Peters ’07 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 27, 2023 | The Rev. Scott Dennis ’13 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 28, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Steve Shussett ’93 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 29, 2023 | The Rev. Rebecca D. Reeder ’19 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 30, 2023 | The Rev. Darryl Lockie ’17 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

March 31, 2023 | The Rev. Lisa J. Lyon ’92 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 1, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Trevor Jamison ’01 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 2, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Jim Graham ’66 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 3, 2023 | The Rev. Kori Robbins ’22 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 4, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Jonathan D. Lawrence ’97  | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 5, 2023 | The Rev. Dr. Susan Lyn Moudry ’10 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 6, 2023 | Dr. Helen Blier | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 7, 2023 | Rebecca Konegen ’22 | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 8, 2023 | The Rev. Charles L. Fischer III | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

April 9, 2023 | Richard Norris III | Online | PDF | Scripture Audio | Devotional Audio

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Lent 2023 Resource Kit

Looking for ideas for worship and teaching this Lent? Our resource guide has everything you need for you and your congregation to experience a meaningful season on the way to Easter!

2023 Sermon Series

Consider the following sermon series to plan out your Lent worship, or adapt for using with Bible study, Sunday School classes of all ages, or other formation groups.

Sermons on Joseph

In this series, the Rev. Andrew Wirt ’10 follows the story of Joseph in Genesis, connects it to Jesus’ ministry, and considers how sometimes expectations don’t line up with reality.

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Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer

The Rev. Erik Hoeke offers a framework to examine the Lord’s Prayer throughout Lent in order to create more space for prayer in our lives.

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Sermons on the Apostles’ Creed

PTS alums the Revs. Thomas (’03) and Connie (’94) Hoeke unpack the deeper meaning of the Apostles’ Creed over the Sundays of Lent and Easter.

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Good Friday Message: “What Jesus Didn’t Say from the Cross”

Karen Slusser ’21 offers a Good Friday meditation centered on the practice of listening carefully to spoken or sung presentation of Psalm 69.

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From Contemplation to Action: Spiritual Practices for Lent

PTS faculty and staff introduce a variety of spiritual practices, including: dancing, thinking, walking, and forms of contemplation.

The Rev. Dr. Edwin van Driel, Directors' Bicentennial Professor of Theology: “Thinking”

Dr. Josie Hoover, Director of Human Resources: “Movement and Dance”

Dr. Shan Overton, Director of the Center for Writing and Learning Support: “Growing Your Interior Garden with Teresa of Avila”

Dr. Helen Blier, Director of Continuing Education: Walking

The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens, Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of Pastoral Theology: Contemplative Silence

Spiritual Practices for Lent Thinking
The Rev. Dr. Edwin van Driel, Directors' Bicentennial Professor of Theology
Spiritual Practices for Lent Movement and Dance
Dr. Josie Hoover, Director of Human Resources
Spiritual Practices for Lent Growing Your Interior Garden with Teresa of Avila
Dr. Shan Overton, Director of the Seminary's Center for Writing and Learning Support
Spiritual Practices for Lent Walking
Dr. Helen Blier, Director of Continuing Education
Spiritual Practices for Lent Contemplative Silence
The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens, Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of Pastoral Theology

Big Book of Lenten Devotionals - Year 2

The Seminary's 2023 “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.

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Selected previously released Lenten resources include:


This video looks at the stories related to Jesus' hands throughout the Gospels and could easily be used as a media presentation during a worship service, as part of a sunrise celebration, or as a jumping off point for an adult or youth education class. Be creative! This video comes with a lesson plan. 

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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!

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These insights by the Rev. Dr. Roger Owens, Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of Pastoral Theology, can aid you in forming Lenten disciplines that are helpful, realistic, and focused on honoring God, not yourself.

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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.

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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.

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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. 




For additional Lenten resources, visit the Seasonal Resources - Lent page of our website.