Toward Sunday

We begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday worship  in the sanctuary.  Our gathering will weave music, silence, readings, ashes and communion.  The journey starts at 6:00 pm.  All are welcome.

Our Lenten worship series is called “who do you say that I am?”  Jesus asked this question to one of his followers and it remains central for anyone who seeks to follow Jesus in our day.  Our worship this Lent will invite reflection on Jesus. We hope that folks will conclude this series with greater clarity about who they think Jesus is.

outline:  who do you say I am?

February 13     Ash Wednesday 6:00 pm 
February 17     Luke 4.1-13
February 24     Luke 13.31-35
March 3            Luke 13.1-9
March 10          Luke 15.1-3, 11b-32
March 17          John 12.1-8
March 24          Luke 19.28-40
March 31          Easter Sunday
 6:30 am Sunrise in McKinley Park Rose Garden
10:30 am Easter Worship in the sanctuary of Central UMC

Barbara Brown Taylor writes, “Do not bother looking for Lent in your Bible dictionary.  There was no such thing in biblical times.  There is some evidence that early Christians fasted 40 hours between Good Friday and Easter, but the custom of spending 40 days in prayer and self-denial did not arise until later, when the initial rush of Christian adrenaline was over and believers had gotten very ho-hum about their faith…So the early church announced a season of Lent, from the old English word lenten, meaning “spring” — not only a reference to the season before Easter, but also an invitation to a springtime for the soul.  Forty days to cleanse the system and open the eyes to what remains when all comfort is gone.  Forty days to remember what it is like to live by the grace of God alone and not by what we can supply for ourselves.”

This week read Luke 4.1-13

When have you been in the wilderness?  What temptations have you known and struggled with?  What sustained you in resisting?


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