Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love. This Lent, we welcome you to the journey.
Lent finds many of us in the midst of very personal wilderness experiences—the wilderness of discerning a major life change, the wilderness of starting anew under the shroud of grief, the wilderness of seeking connection in a deeply polarized culture, the wilderness of finding your way through a difficult season, the wilderness of listening for God in the swirl of questions and doubt, the wilderness of self-discovery and personal growth, the wilderness of getting lost over and over again. The good news of the wilderness is that nothing is static or still. Grains of sand harden into stone. The mid-day heat gets swallowed up by the evening's chill. The creatures of the day fall quiet as the creatures of the night awake. Everything is always in transition, ever-changing. The wilderness is harsh and sometimes scarce, but new life persists in unexpected places. Even if you are walking in circles, you are getting somewhere. And so, this Lent, we invite you to join us in asking, ‘Where is God meeting me in the wilderness? What can the wilderness teach me? What do I need to learn before I can find my way out?’
March 1, 2020, 1st Sunday of Lent
March 8, 2020, 2nd Sunday of Lent - TIME CHANGE
March 15, 2020, 3rd Sunday of Lent
March 22, 2020, 4th Sunday of Lent
March 29, 2020, 5th Sunday of Lent
April 5, 2020, Palm/Passion Sunday
April 12, 2020, EASTER SUNDAY
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