The invitation to Lent spoken on Ash Wednesday reminds us that we enter this season together “with the whole church” (see the Leaders Edition to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 617). It goes on to state that “we are created for communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation.” Though many common Lenten practices rightly invite us to individual acts of “repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love,” Lent is also a time for deepening of community.
In the early church, the weeks before Easter were a time in which the whole community took responsibility for the training of catechumens. Not only were the catechumens enriched by this formation, but those already within the community were strengthened in their faith along with them. Using readings from Mark’s gospel, this series invites the assembly to reflect on what it means to be in community with one another, with the world, with creation, and with God.
Midweek services, both 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. will follow this Lentin Series.
February 24 – Community with CREATION
March 3 – Community with ALL SAINTS
March 10 – Community with OUR NEIGHBOR
March 17 – Community with THOSE ON THE MARGINS
March 24 – Community with CHRIST