Our world is filled with many voices and distractions that call us way from God--violence and fear, consumerism and materialism, hectic schedules and constant busyness, to name a few. As Christians, we are not immune to the side effects of living in this environment and we can feel afraid filled with both doubt and an inner restlessness. So what is the antidote to this perpetual bombardment? Enter the season of Lent. Lent is a 40-day period in the Christian calendar that provides a chance to step back, and create space, offering opportunities for reflection. It is time to repent, to renew our commitment to God's ways, and to empty ourselves of what distracts us from hearing God's voice. Lent is often referred to as a wilderness, a space where the familiar is stripped away and we face our brokenness. Jesus began his ministry alone in the wilderness, where he faced temptation, fasted and prayed. Throughout this Lenten season, we will spend time dwelling with scripture that invites us to be restored--even in the midst of our thirst, hunger, and temptation, we will focus on the God, who gives us life, who restores our hope and who leads us to the resurrection life. Join us as we cry, Restore Us, O God!
Throughout Lent we will have Lent Soup Suppers for five weeks: March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by scripture reflection at 7:00 p.m. Child care is available. For more information, or to join us call the church office at 419-339-1505
On Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. We will again share a simple meal together as we re-enact Jesus last meal with his disciples. We will share the bread and the cup, and participate in foot washing, just as Jesus did with his disciples.
Easter Sunday morning, we will have a joint sunrise Service at Immanuel United Methodist Church at 7:00 a.m. followed by breakfast. Immanuel is located at 699 Sunnydale St, Elida. We will also have a Easter Worship Service at Salem beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Lenten Prayers and Reflections:
For personal Lenten reflection/devotions, see the list below:
- Lenten Pauses, every Wed. at 1 p.m. or watch the video later: http://thegatheringplace.us/2017/02/15/lenten-pauses-new-for-2017/
- Lent reflections from staff, students and professors of Goshen College: https://www.goshen.edu/devotions/category/2017-lent/
- Lent Family Worship: http://www.leaderonline.org/worship/supplements/winter16-17/FamilyWorshipForLent2017.pdf