Lent Devotionals

Weekly readings developed by Eastminster member and seminary student Ben Davis. Use them to guide your study, reflection and prayer in preparation for Resurrection Sunday.

Christians are a pilgrim people, we live on the move with Christ as we journey towards the final resurrection, when heaven and earth will be remade and filled to the brim with the majestic glory of the Triune God – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Along the journey we learn to tell time. As we see in Scripture, Israel kept time liturgically by seasons of feasting and fasting, repentance and restoration, each part telling the story of their life with God. Learning from our older siblings, the Church tells time liturgically, too. Only the Church’s time is oriented around Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, where the Church journeys 40 days with Christ to the cross. On this day Christians remember that “we are dust, and to dust we will return.” Christians also reflect on and repent of their own sinfulness, asking God for mercy and healing in the name of Jesus Christ, who alone won the definitive victory over sin and death. The ashes imposed on the heads of penitent Christians symbolize both realities at once: sin and salvation, death and resurrection life. On Ash Wednesday we journey toward death, knowing that while it is imminent, it does not get the last word. Christ does.

First Sunday in Lent (March 1)

  • Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
  • Psalm 32
  • Romans 5:12-19
  • Matthew 4:1-11


Second Sunday in Lent (March 8)

  • Genesis 12:1-4a
  • Psalm 95
  • Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
  • John 3:1-17


Third Sunday in Lent (March 15)

  • Exodus 17:1-7
  • Psalm 95
  • Romans 5:1-11
  • John 4:5-42


Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 22)

  • 1 Samuel 16:1-13
  • Psalm 23
  • Ephesians 5:8-14
  • John 9:1-41


Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 29)

  • Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • Psalm 130
  • Romans 8:6-11
  • John 11:1-45


Palm Sunday (April 5)

  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Matthew 21:1-11; 26:14-27


Easter (Resurrection) Sunday (April 12)

  • Jeremiah 31:1-6
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • Acts 10:34-43
  • Matthew 28:1-10