February moves us from Epiphany, the season of light, into Lent, the season of reflection and repentance. This year we journey through the stories in Luke’s Gospel and the beautiful words of the Psalms as we move ever closer to Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem.
For Lent 2021, we have planned opportunities for worship, reflection, and growth that creatively embrace the challenges of “pandemic time”. Listed below are spaces for worship, study and reflection, both within the community and at home. We pray that your Lenten Journey challenges and inspires you, as we venture from ashes and death, towards the Good News for all people revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus!
Worship during the season of Lent will be each Sunday morning at 10 am.
Holy Week worship will begin on Palm Sunday, with regular worship at 10 a.m. During the week, we have created opportunities to experience Christ's last days from home, with shared meals and times of reflection on Zoom. We have separated the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday into simple observances that speak to the continued time of separation, while offering intimate spaces to gather in community as we walk with Jesus in the tenderness of his last steps to the cross. Our gatherings will include also include music, prayers, and scripture.
Please use the link below for all of our worship and gathering experiences throughout Lent and Holy Week.
Shared Meal & Reflections
April 1 at 6 pm
Community gathers at home, around the table, with soup, bread, and the cup to reflect with music, scripture, and prayer on the events of Jesus' last night with his Disciples.
Good Friday - April 2
Video Stations of the Cross all day
Worship at 7 pm
Video reflections each hour beginning at 7 am and hourly throughout the day.
The Community gathers at 7 pm for worship and time to reflect. Links to hourly videos will be live Friday morning.
Worship at 10 am
The Community gathers to sing our Alleluias and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord! Special music and liturgies sharing the Good News that Christ is Risen!
Study & Reflection Opportunities
Lent Reflections on Zoom
Wednesdays, February 24 to March 31 at 7 pm
As we walk through the Season of Lent this year, our Narrative Lectionary shares some familiar stories in Luke’s Gospel as Jesus begins his journey towards Jerusalem. Pastor Julie Van Til and Betsy Hanzelin will lead us in study and creative reflection of these sacred stories, as we are invited to walk with Jesus towards the events of Holy Week. The texts are shared below so you may prepare your heart and mind each week to enter the unfolding story of God as shared in the Narrative Lectionary.
Reflection Time in the Sanctuary
Wednesdays, February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
From 9 - 11 am and from 4:30 - 6:30 pm
During the holy season of Lent, the Board of Worship and Arts invites individuals to come to the sanctuary for prayer and meditation. Watch for details on how to register to attend.
Bless us, O God, in this holy season, in which our hearts seek your help and healing; and so purify us by your discipline that we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns and with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. -From Lesser Feasts and Fasts
At Home Opportunities
The two resources described below have been created for you and your family to reflect at home during Lent. Sign ups for receiving Lent packets is over, but you can download your own copy a the links below.
“Journey to Jerusalem”
This booklet contains daily scripture readings, reflections, and images for you to engage with at your own pace. Based on the Narrative Lectionary, we explore the stories from Luke’s Gospel as well as excerpts from the Psalms. The readings can be done alone, or with others, and are appropriate for all ages!
Weekly Lenten Prayer Practices
This packet invites you to explore ways you and your family can experience and practice prayer in your daily life. During Lent, a creative prayer practice is presented each week, that invites you to engage your senses as you connect with God. A Meditation Jar is included with the packet, which will be useful in all the weeks of Lent and the seasons beyond! Short videos explaining the practice will be shared on Social Media and are available below.