2021 Laity Lent Devotions

HOPE, PROMISE, and the PRESENCE OF GOD 

We now enter our second season of Lent hunkered down under the cloud of a pandemic that has brought loss, suffering, and confusion to each of our lives. Daily living has become much more challenging than ever before. But in this season of Lent 2021, there is Hope. There is Promise. And, as always, there is the Presence of God. 

Lent is meant to be a time of personal sacrifice with a focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. During Lent, some people feel called to set aside longer periods of time each day to delve deeper into God’s Word or for extended prayer and meditation. 

These devotions were prayerfully written for this purpose. The writers were asked to read and study their appointed Scriptures. Then to prayerfully listen to God’s message in those words. And then finally, to share that message from God in each writer’s own voice. 

We ask you to do the same with each day’s devotion. Set aside a special time to read the Scriptures noted. Then read the words which follow that Scripture and seek how God is speaking to you through the writer’s experiences. Feel free to linger in prayer while adding your own praises to God for all the Most Holy has provided. 

You will notice that email addresses are included at the end of each devotion. Consider these addresses as your invitation to personally thank each writer for their work and dedication to God’s service. 

May you continue to feel the Hope, Promise, and the Presence of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  God bless you, Sisters and Brothers of the West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Follow this link to download all of the devotions in a booklet format. 

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Ash Wednesday
February 17

Margaret VanZandt Harrison
Western District

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February 18

Becky Adkins
Greenbrier District

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February 19

Rachel Flynn Fulton
Potomac Highlands District

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February 20

Patsy Flensborg
Little Kanawha District

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First Sunday of Lent
February 21

Laura Malone
Midland South District

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February 22

Angela Jones
Midland South District

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February 23

Eva Hensley Faulkner
Southern District

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February 24

Mary M. Thomas
Southern District

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February 25

Ken Shanes
MonValley District

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February 26

Cheryl L. Davis
Midland South District

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February 27

Margaret Reichenbecher
Western District

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Second Sunday of Lent
February 28

Ellen Hartsog
Southern District

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March 1

Brenda Nichols Harper
Midland South District

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March 2

Karyn Bennett
Western District

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March 3

Mitzi Richmond
Southern District

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March 4

Carmen LaRue
Greenbrier District

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March 5

John Daniel
Southern District

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March 6

Jack Cipoletti
Midland South District

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Third Sunday of Lent
March 7

Jane Arnold
Potomac Highlands District

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March 8

Judy Farley
MonValley District

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March 9

Bill Elkins
Western District

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March 10

Dr. Val Huffman
Wesleyan District

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March 11

Ben Crutchfield
Wesleyan District

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March 12

Heather Barker
Western District

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March 13

Brenda Hunt
MonValley District

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Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 14

Debbi Pettus
Southern District

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March 15

Rich Shaffer
Little Kanawha District

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March 16

Jerry Meadows
Midland South District

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March 17

Michael Branch
Little Kanawha District

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March 18

Jennifer Hinerman Plyburn
Little Kanawha District

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March 19

Jennifer Clark
Midland South District

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March 20

Julie L. Greynolds
Wesleyan District

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Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 21

Sue Dostal
Western District

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March 22

Paula Beard McCoy
Greenbrier District

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March 23

Jamion Wolford
Little Kanawha District

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March 24

Barbara Brown
Midland South District

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March 25

Dawn Wells
Midland South District

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March 26

Deborah Shaffer
Little Kanawha District

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March 27

Bert Fulks
Western District

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Palm Sunday
March 28

Ellen Krimmel
Southern District

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March 29

Judi McCracken
MonValley District

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March 30

Rachel Boone
Wesleyan District

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March 31

Peggy King
Midland South District

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Maundy Thursday
April 1

Carolyn Nichols
Wesleyan District

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Good Friday
April 2

Lloyd (Jay) Phillips
Northern District

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Holy Saturday
April 3

Rita C. McVey
Southern District

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Easter Sunday
April 4

Jane Ensminger
MonValley District