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Daily Digest: March 5, 2014

“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:16-18, NRSV

Lenten resources for 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — May you have a meaningful Ash Wednesday and Lenten season. Below are Lenten resources to help you throughout this season of reflection on Christ’s sacrifice and redemptive love and to help you celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Easter, April 20 this year.

  • “His Resurrection, Our Life,” a collection of lectionary helps, worship resources, meditations, music downloads, videos, bulletin covers and art from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

    To see overview

  • Lent and Easter devotional resources, videos and articles from United Methodist Communications.

    To view and download

  • United Methodist Committee on Relief, the denomination’s humanitarian relief and development agency, offers 40 days of Lenten devotionals that also highlight the March 30 One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which supports UMCOR.

    To download PDF

  • The Society of St. Andrew, a United Methodist partner that leads feeding ministries, offers the “Create in Me a Clean Heart” Lenten devotions program for churches and individuals.

To sign up

To download devotional booklet

  • Abingdon Press, part of the United Methodist Publishing House, offers several choices for devotional and group study during Lent including:

The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus;

He Set His Face to Jerusalem;

God’s Gift of Life;

The Sanctuary for Lent 2014;

Voices for Good Friday.

To browse and order

$250,000 grant to Perkins at SMU

DALLAS (UMNS) — The Lilly Endowment has awarded Perkins School of Theology at United Methodist-related Southern Methodist University a grant of almost $250,000. Perkins was one of 67 theology schools to receive the grant to address financial issues facing future pastors.

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Pastors don bulletproof vests for mission

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (UMNS) — A bulletproof vest isn’t the usual attire for a pastor, but a group of clergy, including the Rev. Ray Ake of Colburg United Methodist Church, have donned the uniform for the City Transformation Team. Vindy.com explains how this mission helps police and people in crisis.

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Immigration is a matter of the heart

PHOENIX (UMNS) — The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, along with other United Methodist pastors and faith leaders, led a prayer vigil for families on a hunger strike outside the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement offices Feb. 27. She writes about the heartbreak suffered by families separated by deportations.

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Clarification: Giving keeps pace with denomination’s budget

Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, draws students from across Africa. An earlier version of this article on giving could have been construed to imply only Zimbabweans attended. One of The United Methodist Church’s seven apportioned funds supports the university.

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