Cross Sections: Lenten Videos

United Methodists and friends from across Western PA and beyond are invited to join together in this spiritual Lenten journey called Cross Sections. Each Wednesday from Ash Wednesday, February 17 to March 23 and every day during Holy Week, a brief video devotion will premiere on this page at 8am. You’re encouraged to watch and pray at that time.The video also will remain on the website for later use. A print version is available to download. You can use the videos in Lenten studies, worship and prayer services.

River: A Place for Baptism and Remembering Baptism

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Presented by: Bill Patrick
Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:13-17

Questions for continuing reflection:
  1. What does Jesus’ baptism mean to you? What does it reveal or initiate? Why is it important?
  2. Reflect upon your own baptism into Jesus. What role does it play in your daily living and discipleship? Why was it something significant?
  3. In terms of the promises made in the baptismal covenant, reflect upon what it means to “renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, repent of your sin, and resist evil, injustice, and oppression…” Where is the Holy Spirit inspiring you to grow in these commitments? Where are you being called to the work of repentance, rejection of evil, and resistance against things that are counter to God’s purposes?
  4. According to the promises made by you or the ones who presented you, a confession of Jesus as Savior, a trusting in his grace, and a promise to serve him in union with the church are fundamental parts of the life into which you were baptized. Where is God calling you to grow in your salvation, your trusting in grace, and your participation both in the church’s ministry and other works of ministry? 
Prayer Focus:
  • Gratitude for Jesus’ willingness to enter the baptismal water
  • Prayer for the church’s people to live out their baptism more vibrantly
  • Prayer for those harmed and hindered by the evil, injustice, and oppression that we are committed to stand against
  • Prayer for those who have been baptized but who have traveled far from the baptismal water and what it signifies
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Dust: A Place for Repentance

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Presented by: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi
Scripture Focus: Joel 2:12-19
Thematic Focus: Through the prophet Joel, God calls God’s people to authentic repentance.



Questions for continuing reflection:
  1. What are you hearing from God concerning the journey of personal repentance at the beginning of this Lenten season? Where is God calling you to allow Jesus to guide you away from distorted fixation, patterns of thought, and practices?
  2. Without a spirit of judgement, reflect on where you see the church most in need of repentance. What do you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart about where the church needs to “repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6)?
  3. What might repentance look like in your life and in the church’s? What will it demand?
  4. Reflect on the fact that we always repent in the presence of a God who is eager to forgive and whose grace is always trustworthy. What does that awareness of God’s forgiveness mean to you and how does it impact the journey of repentance.
Prayer Focus:
  • Personal confession and repentance
  • Prayer for the church’s authentic repentance
  • Gratitude for the assurance of God’s mercy and forgiveness
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