first Presbyterian Church

of Cumberland, Maryland
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Were You There? Lenten Reflection on the Spirituals

"Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, the African American spirituals provide profound insights into the human condition and Christian life. Many spirituals focus on the climax of the Christian drama, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ways in which those events bring about the liberation of God’s people.

In these devotions for the season of Lent, Luke A. Powery leads the reader through the spirituals as they confront the mystery of Christ’s atoning death and victory over the grave. Each selection includes the lyrics of the spiritual, a reflection by the author on the spiritual’s meaning, a Scripture verse related to that meaning, and a brief prayer."

The Faith Formation Committee is offering this Lenten devotional free of charge to anyone interested. Throughout the season of Lent we will also be sharing links to a number of these spirituals on YouTube to aid in your devotion time.

If you would like to claim your copy of this devotional, please contact the church administrator, Brittany Jackson, at 301-777-3700.

 These Days Devotional

 2020 has been a year to upend our entire way of life. None of us could have imagined, going into 2020, the way things would have turned out. However; despite the many challenges and obstacles we have faced and are still facing, God is with us, clearing a way where we can see no way. To aid in your daily spiritual growth we are contiuing to provide "These Days" daily devotionals on a month-by-month basis. Please click on the image to the left to download January's edition. If you know anyone who would like a copy of this devotional, but who does not have access to the internet or a means to print it, please notify the church office and a copy will be provided.


Updated 1/5/21