Welcome to Triptych for Lent 2023! Our third consecutive Lenten daily scripture, reflection, and prayer publication. This series titled Triptych exists as both an Advent and Lenten publication meant to enhance the observation of the respective season. The book is available in both paperback, digital PDF, and ePub format as well as for sale in the Amazon Kindle library. A “triptych” (from the Greek, “triptukhon,” meaning, “three-fold”) is an art piece in three panels or sections, often hinged together, both literally and thematically.
In this year of Matthew, we are afforded the opportunity to reflect upon the Nativity through the Resurrection from a Jewish perspective. As we do each Lent, we will rehearse the teaching of Jesus about generosity, prayer and fasting. Through Matthew’s ‘lenses,’ we see Jesus as God’s anointed one, a great teacher in the manner of Moses, speaking with prophetic wisdom and authority. Matthew’s ‘genealogy’ connects Jesus with Abraham, and further finds Jesus as the fulfillment of First Testament prophecy, perhaps most notably, exile-prophet Isaiah.
Let us move forward together immersed in the story’s movement toward Holy Week, including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday – and finally, Easter!
Ecumenical Staff Officer, The Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church
It is so good to be reminded of our Wesleyan Heritage and to delve into scripture with that lens. I appreciate the daily opportunity to reflect and pray as a disciple called to social holiness, loving our neighbors sacrificially after the example of Christ.
St. Paul United Methodist, Goldsboro, NC
Three Days in … The genuineness of the reflections and the prayers are invitations to self-empty and to grab the throne chair and yet they’re gentle and so very real.
North Carolina Annual Conference
Thank you for the powerful prayers that were part of this year's [Lent]Triptych. I really felt that I was praying them, not just reading them.
For Lent, we’re collecting an offering and matching donations of up to $1,000 from the World Wesleyan Hunger Fund for empowering community projects with Rise Against Hunger. These innovative and sustainable efforts are part of an expanding portfolio beyond simply nourishing lives with food aid. Programs like ELNA (Empowering Leaders through Nutrition-smart Agriculture) are setting meaningful goals like helping regions produce or purchase enough for students, teachers, and staff at local schools by 2025. This marks a pathway from simple food assistance to the more complex self-reliance communities want and need.
As the community learns to produce a wider variety and quantity of produce, they are guided on how to sell surplus and reinvest proceeds into securing water, supplies, and education on sustainable farming practices. These projects involve sourcing and acquiring experienced farm management, livestock, and agricultural supplies and measuring and evaluating the nutrition and hygiene status of children and program participants. The end goal is 100% food security for local schools.
Join us by giving as much as you can this Lent, and we’ll match up to $1,000! Consider joining FastPrayGive.org (learn more on the next page) to learn more about how the World Wesleyan Hunger Fund is leading disciples to end hunger through grace.