A Season for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal
It seems we just finished celebrating Christmas and, already, Lent is upon us! Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 12 and ends on Easter Sunday, April 1. Many Christians observe Lent by giving something up. They may give up television or chocolate or sugar in the hope that sacrificing something that is typically part of their lives will help them to understand discipline and sacrifice and, perhaps, even free up some time to focus on their relationship with God. This year, I want to challenge all of us at Collegiate Wesley to consider adding something to our lives rather than giving something up.
Would you consider giving 6-8 hours of your life over the six weeks of Lent to your own spiritual development? We will be offering three different small groups at three different times during the week in the hope that you will find one that is interesting to you and fits in your schedule. Click the links below to read more info about the books, see a sample chapter, and watch any video samples.
Hanging By A Thread: The Questions of the Cross: led by Pastor Jill and Lauren Loonsfoot on Wednesday evenings at 7-8 p.m. at Stomping Grounds.
Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know about Life and Love and How it Can Revitalize Christianity led by Pastor Jen on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour.
Making a Difference: Following your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve led by Tim Gossett at 6:45-8:00 p.m on Sunday evenings in Room 44. (Hey Confirmation Parents—drop off your kids for Confirmation and participate in Tim’s class!)
Each group will have 1-2 chapters of reading per week. The suggested donation for the books is $10 each; we’ll have books in the main office or for sale in the Gathering Space following worship. Ebooks are available from multiple retailers. Click here to register for as many groups as you wish.
These are great opportunities to gather with others, build relationships and grow in faith. I hope you will consider participating in one of them! This year, it may be what you “take up” rather than what you “give up” that makes a difference in your life!
With You On The Journey,
Lenten & Easter Services: More Info Coming Soon
Ash Wednesday Traditional Service
February 14, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary
The prayer of Examen: http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/the-examen
Ash Wednesday Service hosted by The Wesley Center
An interactive, multi sensory service offering a time to reflect, renew and grow.
February 14, 9:00 PM, Annex Auditorium (130 S. Sheldon)
Glitter and non-glitter ashes will be offered at both services. Glitter ashes are our way of explicitly including our LGBTQIA siblings who have historically not been included or welcomed in the church. You can learn more about the Glitter+Ashes movement HERE.
Updates and ideas for your Lenten journey will be listed below, as they are available.
- Interested in learning more about Lent? Curious what other United Methodist churches are doing during this season? Start your search at UMC.org’s Lenten page.
- Although created with church leaders in mind, the Lenten resources at Discipleship Resources are really incredible and useful for everyone.
- A Season of Becoming is a spiritual resource written by 47 different individuals from across the Reconciling Network.
- Enjoy taking photos? Perhaps doing so might be your Lenten practice. (Note: 2018 themes coming soon.)
- Another suggestion for Lent – write a note each day to someone. Here’s a guide to go by.
- Here’s a simple idea for making this a meaningful Lent – declutter your life.
- You’ll find literally hundreds of interesting, creative, and justice-focused ideas for Lent at Simple Living Works.
- Enjoy new hymns? Check out Carolyn Winfree Gillette’s writings, which are terrific both as hymns and as poetry.
- Lent Madness – a fun website for Lent, complete with a Lenten devotional bracket that features daily devotionals from historic Christian saints.