A Word from Morgan… Lent at Calvary

With the conclusion of February upon us, we enter the season of Lent. Lent has become one of my favorite seasons! I grew up with my mom’s side of the family, who were Catholic, observing Lent – while my dad’s side, who were Southern Baptist, not observing. When I was in college I began to observe it for myself in earnest and found it to be a very meaningful season for me. As time passed and I began to work full time in churches, my love and deep appreciation for the season of Lent has only grown.

So as we prepare for this coming Lenten season, I hope that you find meaningful ways to engage. Whether you observe it by taking on a spiritual practice, or giving something up, or perhaps learning more about it, this year I pray you grow closer to God and learn something new about yourself. Each Lent that I actively engage teaches me a little more about who I am and what God is drawing me toward or from as I continue to grow and heal in wholeness.

Here at Calvary, we begin our observance of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Join us in the Chapel for prayer, reflection, and imposition of ashes. During the five weeks of Lent, we will hold our Wednesday night Lenten series in the Youth Lounge. We will focus on our Lenten theme – Return to God: Scriptures for Lent – while we share a meal of soup and salad. Pastor Andrew and myself will alternate facilitating the group in discussions around the primary text to be used the following Sunday in Worship.

Then, during Holy Week we will have prayer stations in the Sanctuary at 7:00pm beginning Palm Sunday and going through Wednesday. The prayer stations will be open for self-facilitation all day Monday through Wednesday.

On Maundy Thursday, we will have a foot washing service at 12-noon in the Chapel, and a service with music at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. Our Good Friday service will be at 12 noon in the Sanctuary, and our Holy Saturday service will take place at 12 noon in the Chapel. Then we will all come together for our 10:30am Easter service!

We hope these opportunities to worship during Lent are life-giving to you, and we look forward to worshiping with you.

I leave you with my Lenten prayer for us:

God of journey of wonder,
May we bring all that weighs on us to this Lenten season.
As we make this journey again may we allow ourselves
to slowdown and realize you receive our burdens, heartaches,
and sorrows. May we allow you to receive them. As
a community, let us hold each other in Light and Love
as we make this vulnerable journey. We ask for the Spirit to
dance wildly among us and remind us that this path to Good
Friday is one of self reflection but is not done alone or
without the fierce love and breath of the Spirit. We trust
you to meet us in all that we are, love us enough to not leave
us where we began, and to guide us to new ground, Oh God.
We begin this Lenten season breathing in the wonder
of the prophets and Jesus as we wander in the desert and
pray in Gethsemane. Trusting you will continue to make
us whole with each new season of life.

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