Wednesdays in Lent
Lent mirrors the journey we face each day wherever we are, as we struggle to live as God’s people. So, as “Church,” God’s called-out people in Christ, we set aside these 40 days to help us live as God’s own throughout the other 325 days with all they bring!
As we consider our theme, Forgiveness, join us for Responsive and Evening prayer on Wednesdays during Lent.
There is a tradition of the Church that really bugs me. Well, it’s a tradition of all congregations that follow the lectionary, the assigned readings for each week. Each year on the first Sunday of Lent, we have the story of our Lord being tempted in the wilderness. It comes just after the Sunday of the Transfiguration, again the same story each year (see article in this newsletter). Why? We know these stories. Must we hear them every year in this order each year?
Lent is a reflective season – a season that reflects our whole life as one of the baptized, God’s child, our Lord’s follower, a Spirit-filled believer. That’s right! Lent traditionally served as a time to prepare for baptism, and it still is. But, we followers of Christ, already baptized, may view Lent as a whole season of pondering the life we now live. And THAT leads me back to the passage about our Lord’s temptation.
Here’s a word not so profound: just as our Lord was baptized and then thrust out into the wilderness where he confronted temptation, so…are…we. Such is the journey of faith we all experience as Jesus’ people. If our Lord could not avoid temptations from every quarter, it makes sense that we cannot avoid them either.
The challenges to our faith and our faithfulness are legion. Illness, the sudden death of a loved one, a friend deserts us, and we wonder whether we can even believe in a God who would “let” such things happen. The habit of a Sunday morning routine WITHOUT worship with church family, the ease of turning our heads from those in need, the convenient patterns of considering first what is good for me, and now the idea of faithfulness to the Lord never even enters our minds.
Lent mirrors the journey we face each day wherever we are, as we struggle to live as God’s people. So, as “Church,” God’s called out people in Christ, we set aside these 40 days each year to help us live as God’s own throughout the other 325 days with all that they bring.
This year, our Lenten theme will be forgiveness. We begin on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. We will have Responsive Prayer and Evening Prayer each Wednesday of the season, special classes and more. We will be publishing details soon. Like a party with friends or Thanksgiving celebration with loved ones, or even a vacation, observing Lent with one another, walking this journey, can be what we make of it. And it all begins with showing up!