Services in Lent

Lent is a season of self reflection. During these 40 days we remember Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and temptation in the wilderness before he enters his public ministry. Some people give something up for Lent, a luxury that will be missed for the 40 days.  Some choose to take on a new practice, something that doing every day could bring better health or new perspective. Both of these are wonderful ways of observing Lent, each of them a way of forming new habits that have the capacity to change your life.

 

As we journey through Lent together, rather than (or maybe in addition to) giving something up we will focus on getting up to something. As we imagine what Jesus was getting up to in the wilderness and in his ministry, we will be considering what we could get up to as we follow him in our wilderness times and in our ministry.

Sunday at 10:30 AM

February 14

Ash Wednesday DIY “Store Up”

February 18

“Come Up”

February 25

“Take Up”

January 28

What is This? A New Teaching!

Children’s Art and Music Program

February 4

Everyone is Searching for You: Healing for All People

February 11

Transfiguration: A New Ephipany

Spiritual Practices during Epiphany

Signs

  •  The magi saw a star in the sky, understood that it was important, and made the very courageous decision to follow it. What signs do you see in your life that pique your curiosity?
  • Go out on a clear night and gaze at the stars. Try to empty your mind of you to-do list and open your mind and your heart to listen for signs that might guide your life.
  • Using your favorite medium–pencil, crayon, paint, paper and glue–to doodle without setting out to create a particular thing. Enjoy what emerges.
  • Go outside and explore, looking for patterns in nature. Consider how you fit in these patterns.  Keep a special eye out for shapes that feel like signs–stars or hearts or ?  What are these sign telling you about your path?
  • Dreams
  • After visiting Jesus and bringing him gifts and paying him homage, the magi had a dream that told them to go home by a different route.  What do your dreams tell you?
  • Place paper and pen next to the bed and record dreams that you remember, even elements of dreams, when you wake up.
  • Keep a dream journal, recording your dreams in words or drawing, and add your reflections on what they might mean to you.
  • Use a voice recorder or the voice recorder app on your phone to record dreams you remember and your reflections on them.

Spiritual Practices for any Season

  • Meditation, silent or guided, alone or in a group.
  • Gratitude: Take a few minutes to think of three things for which you are grateful. Extra points if you write or illustrate them in a gratitude journal.
  • Sing: Singing requires no great talent, only a voice and the willingness to use it. Sing a capella or with a friend or along with a favorite performer.  Sing for the joy of it.
  • Pray: There is no need for special words or even any words. Just take some time to commune with the Divine.  Open your mind and your heart, feel your feelings, know that you are heard and loved.

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among others,

To make music in the heart

Howard Thurman

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