One of the more dramatic moments at the Easter Vigil is when the Assembly joins those gathered around the baptismal pool to renounce the “forces that defy God, the powers of this world that rebel against God, the ways of sin that draw you from God.” With great vigor we say, “We renounce them!”
In some senses, the season of Lent anticipates that very moment, when we join our voices with those about to be baptized in renouncing evil and then publicly stating our trust in God. In Lent, we pray God to renew our hearts as we prepare for Easter.
Lent originated as a time to prepare adults for baptism. It is no coincidence that this is an intense time of preparation for our WAY candidates. In the ancient Catechumenate, part of that preparation involved prayer and examination on the ways in which those who sought baptism resisted God. In later years, Lent became a time for those who had left the church or compromised their allegiance to Christ to be reconciled with the community. The sign of this return was the sign of the cross first received in baptism that these folks acknowledged had turned to ashes.
Today, Lent is a time for all of us to journey the path of reconciliation and be formed fresh in the spirit of Christ.
This year, we will walk with our WAY candidates as we normally do, with special rites and blessings during the Sundays in Lent. In addition, we will have a series of small groups meeting around the very same scripture passages that will be used in the WAY. We take this journey together to learn again to follow Jesus.
Worship Opportunities in Lent
+ Ash Wednesday
February 14, 2018
The season of Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to Easter. We have three worship opportunities that day:
- 11:15 am in the Sanctuary (followed by soup lunch)
- 6:30 pm in the Tree of Life Room (especially for children and families)
- 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Mid-Week Lenten Worship
During this season of Lent, as we journey toward Holy Week and the Resurrection, we invite you to join us for mid-week worship.
Mid-day Worship at 11:15
Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21
We will gather in the Chapel for Word, hymns, and Holy Communion, followed by a soup lunch.
Evening Worship at 6:50
Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21 (no service on Feb 21)
We will gather in the Sanctuary for Holden Prayer Around the Cross, a service of word, prayer, light, and songs from the Taizé Community.
You’re also welcome to attend Bread for the Journey’s weekly dinner (at 6:00 on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14; at 6:15 Feb. 28-Mar. 21). It will be served in Fellowship Hall before worship.