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From Ashes to Easter
Join our congregation as we journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. From Ashes to Easter (FATE) is Reformation's Daily Lenten Devotion written by members and friends and speaks to their Lenten journey and faith.
This year's FATE theme is Opening Doors, Nourishing Souls, and Praising God, the same theme as our 150th Anniversary Campaign.
One Way to Use From Ashes to Easter:
Opening: Trace a small cross on your forehead to remind yourself that you have been marked by ashes and say,
Today, Lord, help me to
And Praise God
In all that I do, in all that I say, in all that I am.
Scripture: Find the Scripture passage for the appropriate day found at the top right of each page.
Reflection & Pray: After reading the assigned Scripture passage, read the words from the author of the daily reflection. Pray with the author at the end.
Closing: Take a moment to reflect, breathe, and then go in peace.
Prayer: Conversing with God
Sometimes we feel like praying, but we don't know exactly how to start. Below are some ways to help you pray. We also recommend Teresa Blythe's book 50 Ways to Pray.
The "TRIP" method is a simple way to focus our prayers and ultimately, to focus on what God may be saying to us.
THANK: What makes me thankful? Begin your prayer with: “Thank you God for. . .”
REPENT: What do I need to change about my life? What am I sorry for? Ask God to forgive and change you.
INTERCESSION: Who else needs God's help? Ask God to intercede to help others in your life, community and world.
PLAN: What plan does God have for me? Take time during your prayer to listen for God's response. Where might the Holy Spirit be leading you? Ask God to guide the plan for your day.
Daily Prayer is an ancient practice with many names. The services (offices) of Morning Prayer, Noon Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline (Night Prayer) weave psalms, Bible readings, and prayers that change from day to day and season to season into a regular pattern of worship. The Lutheran Church of Honolulu has a very helpful website to guide you through the daily prayer.
Three Ways to Pray
We have found three ways to pray daily that we recommend to you. Click here to download this four-page resource to practice these three simple prayers: Centering Prayer sets your heart on God each morning. The Exam Prayer helps you review your day and offer it to God. Intercessory prayer helps you pray for other close to you and around the world.