LEAD Lenten Resources

LEAD’s resources are designed to be used by all ages and have been particularly meaningful for intergenerational groups. This year’s theme, Let the Living Water Lead Us, looks at the water flowing through the Gospel texts: Week 1 – Temptation of Jesus, Week 2 – Nicodemus Visits Jesus, Week 3 – Jesus and the Woman of Samaria, Week 4 – A Man Born Blind Receives Sight, and Week 5 – The Death of Lazarus.

Each weekly liturgy, created by Lynn Willis, includes the following:

  • Invocation
  • Confession
  • Gospel from the Revised Common Lectionary
  • Prayer
  • Time of Silence (with prompts for reflection, an introduction and invitation into Ignatian Contemplation, and coloring*)
  • Blessing

For use by individuals, congregations or small groups during Lent, each is illustrated with original art by Vonda Drees, Director of Grunewald Guild. The images are available in several styles allowing you to customize them for your personal use or for your congregation.

Theme

This year’s theme is Let the Living Water Lead Us. Using texts from the Revised Common Lectionary, the resources include:

  • Weekly bulletin with liturgy and prayers (in both color and black & white versions)
  • Weekly images to color
  • Prompts for engaging in a simplified form of Ignatian Contemplation suitable for all ages

 

The Lenten Resources are free, however LEAD asks that you register first to access them. We pray that they are a blessing to you this Lenten season.

How to Use

Congregations

  • As part of Sunday worship during Lent
  • For special mid-week Lenten services
  • Worshipers can be invited to engage in Ignatian Contemplation and/or color the black and white images during a period of quiet reflection

Individuals

  • As personal devotions during Lent
  • Daily practice with Ignatian Contemplation
  • Coloring the black and white versions provides time to reflect on the messages

Creative ideas that others have shared

  • A coloring table in the entryway for kids and adults
  • With confirmation students for devotion time
  • During a 3-hour silent retreat
  • In prison ministry settings
  • Small group bible study at a local restaurant
  • Conference clergy meeting
  • Coloring pages provided as a take-home resources
  • For an ecumenical bible study
  • At a local senior residence
  • Combined into a devotional booklet
  • Images enlarged as posters for group, collaborative coloring or hung as banners
  • Blessings sent out in weekly emails and posted on Facebook

 

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