Spiritual Formation for Lent 2018

As  you plan your Lenten program, be aware of these three Episcopal resources. All look like they are suitable for individuals, small groups, and congregations.


  1. Meeting Jesus in John is a free offering from Society of St. John the Evangelist. The six-week study invites participants into a deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist and journaling in a prayer journal which can be downloaded for free or purchased from Amazon.

Participants may also subscribe online to receive a daily short video in which a monastic brother will share comments on the daily Gospel verse, having a relationship with Jesus, and possibilities for further reflection.

The program is ideal for individuals or small groups. Materials available include small-group facilitator guides for several types of groups including Sunday-morning forums.

This offering has been designed and produced by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (www.ssje.org), a religious order for men in the Episcopal Church, and by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia (www.vts.edu/cmt).

To learn more about this study and to register, go to Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. 


  1. The Good Book Club is an invitation to join other Episcopalians in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Participants will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts.

In addition to developing  the reading schedule, The Good Book Club has brought together organizations from around the Episcopal Church, all producing helpful and engaging resources to help participants get the most out of reading Luke and Acts. Resources include printable Bible studies, podcasts, blogs, reflections and daily meditations, suggestions for children and youth engagement, a video series, and more.

To learn more: www.GoodBookClub.org 


  1. Living Compass Daily Readings for Lent is a booklet (cost $1) intended for daily personal reflection. Each Sunday offers a reflection written by a featured writer. The other days of the week begin with a scripture or quote, followed by a reflection, and then space for participants to record thoughts, feelings, or insights. The booklets can be used by individuals for their own spiritual practice, in a small group setting, or by an entire parish.

A free down-loadable leader’s guide can be used as the basis for a church Lenten program or as a resource for a half- or full-day Lenten retreat with daily readings serving as starting points for reflections offered by the retreat leader.

Living Compass is a faith-based wellness ministry that provides resources, coaching, education, training, and support to individuals, families, and congregations as they seek to live the abundant life God intends for them.



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