Created with youth/young adult faith formation in mind; one of many free resources for Lent
by Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — “Journey to the Cross,” the popular youth and young adult Lenten devotional, returns to the popular daily devotion website d365 on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, April 8.
Featuring Scripture, prayer and meditative thoughts accompanied by gentle music from Ken Medema, Journey to the Cross reflections use illustrations from a young person’s life and perspective to integrate the season of Lent into a daily rhythm.
Journey to the Cross is part of d365’s daily online devotional site — a Passport Inc. ministry that receives ecumenical support from Presbyterian Mission Agency, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and The Episcopal Church. D365’s team of writers (including those listed below) created the Lenten devotionals with youth and young adult faith formation in mind.
- Susan Sytstma Bratt, Northridge Presbyterian Church, Dallas
- David Burroughs, Passport Inc., Birmingham
- Ellen Di Giosia, First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Tennessee
- Wade Griffith, Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church, Vestavia Hills, Alabama
- Peter Hanson, Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton, Minnesota
- Chip Hardwick, First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest, Illinois
- Hyle Oliver, St. Michael’s Church, New York
“Theologically and developmentally, as partners, we believe daily prayer is a critical practice for young people who are forming their faith,” says Gina Yeager-Buckley, associate for ministries with youth in Presbyterian Mission. “Financially this partnership makes the editing, writing, programming and design work that goes into d365 — including Journey to the Cross — much more feasible.”
In addition to the Lent season series, d365 hosts Advent and the beginning of the school year series along with daily devotionals the rest of the year. The site receives more than 2 million visitors annually.
“Students love the simplicity and the smartphone app availability,” says Yeager-Buckley. “The music, reflection and prayer are short but relevant to their daily lives.”
Additional free Lent resources from the Presbyterian Mission Agency include:
- Lent Worship
- Ash Wednesday
- Palm Sunday
- Three Days or Triduum
- Maundy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Easter Vigil
- Daily Readings for Lent
- Lenten Practices 101
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