This Lenten season, we’re calling ourselves to live a life of prayer, seeking to learn how to deepen our prayer lives and thus draw closer into the heart of God. Three opportunities to engage in different kinds of prayer begin February 19 and run through Holy Week, the week of March 26. Please see below for a listing of these opportunities and a brief description.
In addition, we will offer three special services to mark the season. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, this year falling on February 14. We will end Lent with a Service of Tenebrae, offered both on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Simply pick the Tenebrae service that best fits your schedule.
We look forward to seeing you at church!
Prayer Opportunities | All begin Monday, February 19
Prayer through Scripture | Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Prayer Chapel
This half-hour long service will teach us the ancient prayer practice of Lectio Divina, a means by which we use scripture to hear from God. A particular scripture will be read four times, with silences and prompts for contemplation in between each reading. This is a powerful service that will open up scripture in new ways. It is also a practice that, once learned, can easily be practiced at home on an individual basis.
Prayer through Intercession | Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Prayer Chapel
Our prayer team, the Uplifters, regularly meet to lift up to God the prayer needs of our church, calling down God’s power into their lives. This is the practice of intercession, a form of prayer that seeks to channel God’s power into the needs we have around us. They are using this Lenten season to invite any who wish to learn and grow in this spiritual practice to join their work.
Prayer through Contemplation | Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Prayer Chapel | Nursery Provided
This half-hour long worship service features silence as its center. Every worship service has a center; most of us are accustomed to the sermon or communion acting as that center. Here, this service teaches us how to lead ourselves into meditating on Christ, finding our spiritual home through this ancient Christian prayer practice. Leading up to and from that center is scripture reading and a special form of singing that calls us deep into the heart of God. This service is modeled after the style of worship practiced at Taize, a monastery in France which launched a world-wide movement around Christian meditation.
Special Service Opportunities
Ash Wednesday | February 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m. | Nursery Provided
A traditional Ash Wednesday service including a brief sermon, hymn singing, and the imposition of ashes as we remind ourselves of our humanity and thus our need for God. Join us for our annual soup supper leading up to the service in the social hall.
A Service of Tenebrae | Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. or Good Friday, March 30, at 12:30 p.m. | Nursery Provided on Thursday
This service walks us through, in powerful fashion, the story of the crucifixion. It calls to mind all that Jesus went through for us, preparing our hearts for the glory that awaits on Easter Sunday. We cannot fully appreciate Easter until we have allowed ourselves to know the depths of despair at the cross. This service will be the same at both times; simply pick the one that best works for your schedule. Nursery is offered for the Thursday evening service.