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April 10, 2009


By Jennifer Halteman Schrock, Merry Lea public program coordinator
SCRIPTURE: Mark 15:1-39 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: This year I am reading the crucifixion story through the lens of an unknown photographer’s camera. One of my responsibilities as a member of the Lenten planning committee at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, has been to choose visual images to project during the scripture readings. For me, these kinds of juxtapositions are a form of Bible study that can break open the text in new ways. (more…)

April 9, 2009


By Skip Barnett, international student advisor and associate professor of English
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: Today is known as Maundy Thursday, the day Christians remember the very first communion when Jesus enacted the bread and wine ceremony that symbolized God’s love for fallen humankind. (more…)

April 8, 2009


By Julie Armstrong, assistant professor of American Sign Language
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: What do you think of when you hear or see the word “prayer”? I have to be honest, I often think of what “bad” things are going on in my life and how God needs to help me. (more…)

April 7, 2009


By Hannah D. Miller, a senior peace, justice and conflict studies major from Scottdale, Pa.

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 25:6-9 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: Isaiah 25:6-9 is the ultimate picture of God’s goodness — people sitting together, sharing food, engaging in a community of God’s children. It is the picture that Jesus lived out during his time on earth, and what he calls all of us to do. (more…)

April 6, 2009


By Adriel Santiago, a junior communication and theater double major from Souderton, Pa.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: He has been raised

DEVOTIONAL: “He has risen, he has risen indeed!”

Ever since I can remember, my pastors have begun the Easter Sunday sermon with these words. Nonetheless, I remained relatively ignorant of the profound ramifications of Christ’s resurrection until last year. (more…)

April 3, 2009


By Richard R. Aguirre, director of Public Relations Office
SCRIPTURE: John 12:12-16 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: As a child, I loved the unbounded joy of Palm Sunday — Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the cries of “Hosanna” and the waving of branches. Mass always ended with ushers handing out priest-blessed strips of palm. My brothers, sisters and I eagerly took them home, made them into crosses and pinned them to our bedroom walls. (more…)

April 2, 2009


By Rachel Campagnoli, graphic designer
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9a (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: This passage — although it was written well before his time on Earth — reminds me of the suffering and shame Jesus endured for me, so I wouldn’t need to. I am reminded of how Jesus never faltered in his faith and how, when the time was right, he faced Jerusalem and his certain fate. The instruction in this passage is the same instruction Jesus followed. (more…)

April 1, 2009


By Kevin Gary, assistant professor of education
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:5-11 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: My reading of Philippians 2:5-11 was deepened by Johannes Baptist Metz’s book, Poverty of Spirit, which is a meditation on this passage. Metz illuminates how several major heresies about the nature of Jesus attempt to deny Jesus’ humanity; so too, Metz observes, we seek to evade, ignore and reject our own humanity. (more…)

March 31, 2009


By Grace Magnan, a senior theater and environmental science double major from Minneapolis, Minn.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: As I read over this passage, I am struck by the anticipation of the Psalmist. At a time when I am overcome with schoolwork, the numerous other jobs to be done and with no end in sight, I have not been looking ahead with anticipation. There is one verse in the psalm that catches my feelings precisely; “Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you give us success!” Help me! (more…)

March 30, 2009


By Ross Peterson-Veatch, director of curriculum and faculty development for the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Hosanna! Look, your king is coming

DEVOTIONAL: By the end of this week we will be waving palm branches and celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus is coming! The season of Lent gives us the opportunity to make a space in our ordinary routines — a space in our lives into which we welcome God’s steadfast and transforming love. (more…)

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