Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Lenten 7-pack a spiritual resource for your Lent

Lent starts early this year (Ash Wednesday is February 6). For those looking for a Lenten resource; you might like to try the Lenten 7-pack. Developed by us at Opawa last year, and used by individuals, schools and other church communities around Christchurch, plus in Australia and UK, they are designed to encourage a spirituality2go, learn by doing approach.

The Lenten 7 pack includes
: 7 wallet sized cards. Each card has a hand-drawn image (by cartoonist Si Smith) + a Biblical text + a Lenten spiritual practice + a question to contemplate. The 7 cards follow the journey of Jesus toward Jerusalem. The cards are small enough to fit in wallets and on fridges. They allow individual practise and reflection over a week. (Here is the image for week 7, Jesus preparing to enter Jerusalem).

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: 7 accompanying study guides, allowing sharing and group learning around the practices. The guides include guidelines for forming a group, plus questions to facilitate interaction. Thus individual reflection is supported by community interaction. (So at Opawa we offered coffee in our church foyer on the Wednesdays of the Lenten period and people formed into groups to share and talk. An unexpected byproduct was that some of the people wanted to continue, so two new small groups formed as a result!)

: 7 sermons, used to introduce the cards each week of Lent (resource only, as your sermons will of course, be much better than mine).

The 7 cards follow the journey toward Jerusalem in Luke, as follows:
Partners with God; Luke 10:1-12
Love God, Love people; Luke 10:25-29
Search the Scriptures; Luke 10:25-37
Hope in Christ-centred change; Luke 14:15-24
Act with mission hearts; Luke 15:1-10
Seek a community of warmth and honesty; Luke 18:15-17
Apply a Kingdom vision to our resources; Luke 19:28-20

The study guide and sermons are free for orders of 3 or more. The cards costs $2.50 a set (7 cards in a set) plus postage. Costs allow us to offset printing costs and thank the creatives who gifted themselves to make this project possible. Orders to steve at emergentkiwi dot org dot nz

Posted by steve at 11:20 AM


  1. Steve,
    Greetings from Seattle. This looks great. I wish I had discovered it earlier. Is there any way to get a copy as a pdf?

    Comment by Christine Sine — February 7, 2008 @ 6:53 am

  2. appreciate your interest Christine and i have emailed you about your question. it has been great to supply groups in UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, and to know that this resource that we used ourselves as a church last year is being a blessing in a wider sense,

    steve taylor

    Comment by steve — February 7, 2008 @ 11:37 am

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