Mt. Carmel is known for the use of the Celebrate insert, which provides four scriptures for each service. During Lent we have decided to focus on the Gospel reading. We journey with Christ as he gathers his disciples close, moves to Jerusalem, and ultimately his death. For those of you who are missing the other scriptures, try picking up a "Christ in Our Home" devotional from the bookcase in front of the doors to the sanctuary.
This devotional has much to recommend it. It follows the lectionary. It is an easy read. And, it is well-written. Kelly, my husband, and I try to carve out time at the beginning of each day to read the recommended passage and the page long devotion. Sometimes our son Tim joins us.
Some passages are spot on and hit us where were live. Others challenge us to move out of our comfort zone. This week we read about Abram and Sarai. I thought the story about Abram agreeing to move to a new land did not apply to me, because we live in Portland, in the house next to where Kelly grew up. However, Kelly pointed out that Abram was 75 when he agreed to follow God from his home, without knowing what was in store for him. Hmmm. That is something to think about.