Each year Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers our free Advent and Lent devotionals and resource kits as our gift to you! 

Lent 2020

Lenten Resource Kit 2020

In addition to the daily devotionals below, access this year's Lenten Resource Kit, containing

  • Lenten Reflection e-Book, excerpted text from last year's Coffee with the Dean videos;
  • Big Book of Lenten Devotionals, with multiple devotionals for each day and following the PCUSA Daily Lectionary;
  • SYI Hymnal for Wind Instruments, offering three charts for wind instruments to accompany a number of Easter and Lenten hymns enabling the youth in your congregation to share their musical talents;
  • Blogs, sermons (audio and text), and reflections; and
  • Sample worship bulletins.

ACCESS THE LENTEN RESOURCE KIT 

Coffee with the Dean Video Series

During this weekly series, Dean Heather Vacek sits down with members of the PTS community to discuss Lenten practices, Lectionary passages, and their work at the Seminary. Join us each Wednesday during Lent for a new video (posted here and on social media). 

  • Dean Heather Vacek and Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship Angela Dienhart Hancock discuss preaching the John 11 passage and the raising of Lazarus, how pastors can survive the busy season of Lent, and how to listen to a sermon.
  • In Week 4, Dean Heather Vacek and Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Jim Downey, talk about the mystery of Lent, the intersection of faith and science, and the story of Samuel anointing David. Watch Week 4
  • Week 3: Listen in as Dean Heather Vacek and Academic Support Specialist for Registration and Church Planting Jane Larson discuss intentionality about worship, liturgy, and spiritual practices in new worshiping communities; joining in with what God is already doing in neighborhoods; and Lenten practices in new ministry contexts. Watch Week 3
  • During Week 2, Heather Vacek interviews Vice President for Seminary Relations Charles Fischer about Lenten practices in the Episcopal Church and John 3, where Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night. Watch Week 2
  • In this first video of the Coffee with the Dean Lent 2020 series, Dean Heather Hartung Vacek and the Rev. Derek R Davenport '05/'17, co-director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute, discuss Ash Wednesday practices and how to both preach and teach the story of Adam and Eve eating fruit from the forbidden tree. Watch Week 1

 

Lenten Devotional 2020

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.

DOWNLOAD THE LENT 2020 DAILY DEVOTIONAL (PDF)

With thanks to our Distinguished Alumnae/i Award winners and Board members, who wrote this year's devotionals, and Deb Burgess '06, who provided the audio recordings.

Feb. 26, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Darrell W. Yeaney ’56, Specialized Ministry (2005) | Online | PDF | Audio

Feb. 27, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Crocco ’78, Academia (2005) | Online | PDF | Audio

Feb. 28, 2020 | The Rev. Sue Sterling Montgomery ’77, Pastoral Ministry (1998) | Online | PDF | Audio

Feb. 29, 2020 | The Rev. Lisa Dormire ’86, Specialized Ministry (2006) | Online | PDF | Audio 

March 1, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Donald P. Owens ’69, Academia (2002) | Online | PDF | Audio 

March 2, 2020 | The Rev. Paul D. Wierman ’61, Pastoral Ministry (2013) | Online | PDF | Audio 

March 3, 2020 | Steven A. Falci ’03, Specialized Ministry (2016) | Online | PDF | Audio 

March 4, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. James E. Davison ’69, Academia (2009) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 5, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Tami Hooker ’02, Specialized Ministry (2017) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 6, 2020 | The Rev. Carey Jo Johnston ’03, Mission (2019) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 7, 2020 | Dr. Sandra A. Collins ’87, Academia (2018) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 8, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. William R. Myers ’67, Academia (2010) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 9, 2020 | The Rev. Michael Stanton ’06, Mission (2017) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 10, 2020 | Dr. Daniel O. Aleshire, Board Member | Online | PDF | Audio

March 11, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Helsel (Hetz) Marsh ’68/’87, Pastoral Ministry (2000) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 12, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. W. Fred Graham ’55, Academia (2006) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 13, 2020 | The Rev. Michael C. Gehrling ’08, Creative Ministry (2018) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 14, 2020 | The Rev. Diane Fonderlin ’89, Mission (2018) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 15, 2020 | Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Board Member | Online | PDF | Audio

March 16, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. David R. Hosick ’76, Pastoral Ministry (2016) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 17, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. William N. Jackson ’61, Pastoral Ministry (2017) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 18, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. LindaJo H. McKim ’77, Academia (1994) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 19, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Edward Newberry ’71, Pastoral Ministry (2012) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 20, 2020 | Josephine (Jodi) Brodhead Moore ’96, Mission (2016) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 21, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Myles W. MacDonald ’55, Pastoral Ministry (2009) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 22, 2020 | Robert Benedetto ’77, Academia (2013) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 23, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Carol B. Pitts ’89, Specialized Ministry (2011) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 24, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Weingartner ’82, Mission (2012) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 25, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Carolyn J. Jones ’77/’89, Pastoral Ministry (2005) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 26, 2020 | Dr. Bradshaw L. Frey ’77/’83, Academia (2017) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 27, 2020 | Bishop Leon D. Pamphile ’74, Academia (2008) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 28, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. William M. Paul ’59, Pastoral Ministry (1996) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 29, 2020 | The Rev. Joan E. Reasinger ’86, Pastoral Ministry (2015) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 30, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Theodore W. Kalsbeek ’51, Pastoral Ministry (1996) | Online | PDF | Audio

March 31, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Small ’66, Academia (2008) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 1, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. John M. Fife ’67, Specialized Ministry (1986) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 2, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. John E. White ’82/’09, Specialized Ministry (2019) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 3, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Jonathan D. W. Lawrence ’97, Academia (2016) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 4, 2020 | The Rev. Curtis D. Illingworth ’70, Specialized Ministry (2014) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 5, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Anita Stuart-Steva ’04/’13, Creative Ministry (2017) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 6, 2020 | The Rev. Keith C. Kaufold ’07/’12, Creative Ministry (2015) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 7, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Michael Spezio ’96, Academia (2020) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 8, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. David G. Dawson ’72, Mission (2011) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 9, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Donald K. McKim ’74, Academia (1994) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 10, 2020 | The Rev. Kellie D. Wild ’09, Creative Ministry (2019) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 11, 2020 | The Rev. James F. Reese ’49, Specialized Ministry (2003) | Online | PDF | Audio

April 12, 2020 | The Rev. John T. Campbell ’74, Pastoral Ministry (1999) | Online | PDF | Audio

 


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Devotionals to Print and Share

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Past Years

Advent Devotional 2019
Advent Devotional 2018
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

Lent Devotional 2019
Lent Devotional 2018
Lent Devotional 2017
Lent Devotional 2016
Lent Devotional 2015
Lent Devotional 2014

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