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Join Us For Lent
Lent is the six-week period during the Christian year during which we anxiously await the triumphant resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday! Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is marked by some of the most important Christian holidays on our calendar including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Take a look at all the ways we celebrate this year.
Join us on Ash Wednesday as we kick off the season of Lent with two unique Ash Wednesday worship celebrations. At noon we will open the chapel for a time of self-guided prayer and the reception of communion and ashes. At 5:15 p.m. we hold an Ash Wednesday worship celebration to be followed by a meal in the Celebration Room. Ash Wednesday reminds us to reflect on our own mortality and shortcomings in the context of Christ's ministry, death, and resurrection.
On Palm Sunday we gather together as one Church family to celebrate Christ at 10:00 a.m in the Sanctuary. This combined service is one of our favorites and brings together our congregation in a unique and powerful way. We kick off the morning with a community pancake feed from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will offer gluten-free pancakes for those with dietary restrictions.
Palm Sunday starts Holy Week on a high note but on Maundy Thursday we reflect on Christ's final moments with his Disciples capture in the story of the Last Supper. It is in these final moments that Jesus shares communion with his closest followers. We will worship Christ and discuss this powerful story together at 5:15 p.m. in the chapel.
On Good Friday we reflect on the death of Jesus on the cross and prepare ourselves for his eventual Resurrection over death and evil. We do both of these things through a Tenebrae service in the Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. This worship invites us to ponder the incredible sacrifice of Christ on the cross and what that sacrifice means for us today.
Holy Week ends as exciting and triumphantly as it begins. On Easter Sunday we gather together to celebrate the triumphant Resurrection of Christ and his victory over death. As we celebrate Christ we reflect on what it means for us to triumph over evil and live as Christians today.
Lent Sermon Series
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
In a world full of busyness and distractions that persistently try to convince us our value and worth can be accomplished or earned, the journey of following Jesus is a different way of living. As a follower of Jesus, one’s aim should be to grow in Christ-likeness through life. With Peter Scazzero’s “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” as a guide we will spend five weeks being invited to adopt different practices that can help us most fully know God’s love for us and most fully love God and our neighbor.
Title: Emotionally UNHEALTHY Spirituality
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-26, Matthew 11:28-30, John 10:8-10
Theme: Jesus offers followers rest and abundant life. Paul said that life in the Spirit would be characterized by certain fruit. However, followers of Jesus often seem just as stressed and rushed and busy (if not more so) as the rest of the world. In this first message of the series, we’ll explore our invitation to live differently and some of the key symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality that often keep people from experiencing the fullness of Jesus’ promises.
In this message, people will be invited to practice a simple centering/breath prayer through the week ahead.
Title: The Radical Antidote: Emotional Health and Contemplative Spirituality
Scripture: Revelation 13:1-10 and Luke 10:38-42
Theme: In our busy world, so often defined by achieving and accumulating, the intersection of emotional health and contemplative spirituality provide a powerful framework for living differently. In this second message of the series, we’ll define and explore both of the terms in some depth and use some of the imagery from Revelation as well as the story of Mary and Martha as an invitation to reflect on our lives today.
In this message, people will be invited to reflectively journal on their level of emotional health and contemplative spirituality through the week ahead.
Title: Knowing Yourself That You May Know God
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-9 and Ephesians 4:22-24
Theme: Significant barriers to emotional health exist in the false narratives we believe about ourselves and our worth. Our family histories and stories also contain barriers that, when not explored or understood, make it difficult to live in the most healthy ways. In this message, we’ll talk about what it means to live a new and different life in Christ and how we must go back into our stories and know ourselves to most fully grow in Christ-likeness.
In this message, people will be invited to journal during the coming week about the false narratives that might drive them as well as their family stories and how they impact their relationship with God and others today.
Title: A Contemplative Spirit
Scripture: Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 46:10, Exodus 20:8-11
Theme: Jesus regularly stepped away to pray and rest and intentionally connect with God. In this message, we’ll talk about a daily rhythm for doing this, the daily office, as well as a weekly rhythm for doing this, Sabbath. We’ll explore these ideas theologically and biblically and be invited to consider practicing them with intentionality as a part developing a contemplative spirit.
In this message, people will be invited to establish and practice a rhythm of the daily office or to set aside some time for Sabbath in the week ahead.
Title: Cultivating an Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 22:36-40
Theme: As the series comes to a close we’ll reflect briefly on all that we have covered so far and the invitations to be intentional about cultivating an emotionally healthy spirituality. Specifically, we’ll talk about a rule of life as a tool and a guide for intentionally living our relationship with God and others and be invited to draft a rule of life for the remainder of the year.
In this message, people will be invited to begin drafting a rule of life for themselves by which they’ll seek to live for the remainder of the year.