WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 - Ash Wednesday (7:00pm Worship)
"Empty Yourself" - Psalm 51:1-17 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
The imagery for this series will play on the themes of exile, journey, sorrow, dependence on God, fasting, and repentance. In the wilderness, we will learn to empty ourselves so that we might be filled with God's Spirit. We will learn about fasting.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5 - First Sunday in Lent
“Starving to Death" - Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11
Our conception of plenty is not always God's idea. God's bounty might often look like a desert in our own eyes. God's provision is simply enough. We will learn to live into this "liturgy of abundance." I wish you enough.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12 - Second Sunday of Lent
“A Consuming Fire" - Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17
Entering God's presence is like entering into a consuming fire. Lent is a time to reflect on God's calling, respond in obedience, and to seek God's presence. It is a time to reflect on God's convenant with us.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 - Third Sunday of Lent
“What's In Your Heart?" - Psalm 95 and John 4:5-42
When we have every good thing, we should not forget God nor follow false gods. Part of the wilderness journey is to test us, to know what's in our hearts so that we might be reminded and called to faithful obedience.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 - Fourth Sunday of Lent
"In the Wilderness” - Psalm 23 and 1 Samuel 16:1-13
The people are still mourning the death of Samuel and looking back longingly at the past. God is in the process of moving the forward removing Samuel from the people and the people from Samuel.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
"Led by the Spirit" - Psalm 130, Ezekiel 37:1-14, and Romans 8:6-11
We try to avoid the desert. Yet, there are times where God intentionally leads us there. Perhaps it is to test our hearts. Maybe it is to humble us in our temptations of self-sufficiency, self-promotion, and self-preservation.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 - Palm/Passion Sunday
“Returning" - Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Matthew 21:1-17, and Philippians 2:5-11
Jesus enters into Jerusalem, heralded as the coming messiah. His first act? Clearing the Temple. He confronts the worship practices of Israel, which have become self-serving and exclusivistic. We are challenged in unexpected ways to rearrange our world.