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Lenten Devotionals 2013

Continuing in the style of the 2012 Advent devotionals, Bethany teaching and administrative faculty have written devotionals for Lent 2013. Several devotionals for Ash Wednesday, each Sunday in Lent, and Easter are listed here, all based on Lenten lectionary texts. It is hoped that the insights, meditations, and prayers shared by the faculty will be meaningful and useful to congregations, organizations, and individuals throughout the season.

Each devotional is available for your use in pdf format and may be read online or downloaded for printing and/or sharing.



Complete collection of Lenten 2013 devotionals (45 pages)


Ash Wednesday  -  February 13, 2013

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17                          Tracy Primozich
Isaiah 58:1-12                              Malinda Berry
Psalm 51:1-17                              Steven Schweitzer
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10              Ruthann Knechel Johansen
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21                   Julie M. Hostetter


First Sunday in Lent  -  February 17, 2013

Deuteronomy 26:1-11                  Steven Schweitzer
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16                      Tracy Primozich
Romans 10:8b-13                        Amy Gall Ritchie
Luke 4:1-13                                Russell Haitch


Second Sunday in Lent  -  February 24, 2013

Psalm 27                                    Dan Poole
Philippians 3:17-4:1                    Tara Hornbacker
Luke 13:31-35                            Kendall Rogers


Third Sunday in Lent - March 3, 2013

Isaiah 55:1-9                              Steven Schweitzer
1 Corinthians 10:1-13                  Kendall Rogers


Fourth Sunday in Lent - March 10, 2013

Joshua 5:9-12                            Dan Poole
2 Corinthians 5:16-21                 Dan Ulrich


Fifth Sunday in Lent - March 17, 2013

Isaiah 43:16-21                          Steven Schweitzer
Philippians 3:4b-14                     Tara Hornbacker
John 12:1-8                               Julie Hostetter


Palm Sunday - March 24, 2013

Isaiah 50:4-9a                            Steven Schweitzer
Philippians 2:5-11                       Karen Garrett
Luke 22:14-23:56                       Denise Kettering-Lane


Easter Sunday - March 31, 2013

Isaiah 65:17-24                           Steven Schweitzer
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24                  Karen Garrett
John 20:1-18                              Tracy Primozich
Luke 24:1-12                              Glenn and Linda Timmons



Advent Devotionals  2012

Bethany Seminary is offering devotionals for each Sunday in Advent this year, beginning with December 2.  Devotionals on four different scripture texts from the lectionary are featured for each week.

Each devotional is here for your use in pdf format and may be read online or downloaded for printing and/or sharing.

Complete Collection of Advent Devotionals 2012 (28 pages)

First Sunday in Advent  -  December 2, 2012

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

Steven Schweitzer
Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm
Enten Eller
Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

Second Sunday in Advent -  December 9, 2012

Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

Amy Gall Ritchie
Dan Ulrich
Denise Kettering-Lane
Dan Poole

Third Sunday in Advent -  December 16, 2012

Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

Steven Schweitzer
Amy Gall Ritchie
Tara Hornbacker
Malinda Berry

Fourth Sunday in Advent -  December 23, 2012

Micah 5:2-5a
Luke 1:46b-55
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

Steven Schweitzer
Bekah Houff
Steven Schweitzer
Bekah Houff





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To Bear God

Artwork To Bear God  (c) Melanie Weidner, ListenForJoy.com
used with permission


Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.