lent 2021: again & again

Once again, we find ourselves walking through the season of Lent physically separated from each another and our church family. This year, we want to provide you with tangible ways you can live into the Lenten season from home. We have provided each church member/family with a "Lent-to-go" Bag (pick up outside the Seymour Street entrance!), in which you will find various objects, prayers, and suggestions to help you grow in these 40 days. We encourage you to create a holy space in your home to make room for prayer and reflection throughout Lent. This can be as simple as a small table with a candle and your other Lenten objects. This page can can serve as a "User Guide" for the contents of your bag. 


We invite you to join us each Sunday morning during Lent at 10:00 a.m. ET on our Facebook page or YouTube channel, where together we can reflect on our continual need for God's grace and love during this season.


Blessings on your Lenten Journey.

  • lenten weekly devotional

    This year, we are using a Lenten devotional from a liturgy-writing group called A Sanctified ArtThe theme that you'll see used throughout Lent is: Again & Again.


    In Lent, we’re reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament again, we mess up again. Again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats—every time lives are taken unjustly, every time the powerful choose corruption and violence, every time individuals forget how to love. With exacerbation we exclaim, “Again?! How long, O God?” And yet, in the midst of the motion blur chaos of our lives, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward. Each week this devotional offers: commentary, poetry, visual art, written reflections, and coloring pages. We encourage you to walk through these weekly readings at your own pace throughout the season, following the rhythm that works best for you.


    Click here for an electronic copy of the devotional.

  • Daily devotional cards

    This Lent, cultivate a frequent rhythm of prayer with the inclosed daily devotional cards. Contemplate the word you select each day, trusting that it is exactly what you need for that moment. Then read the short scripture, reflection prompts, and prayer on the back of the card. We hope these cards encourage you to come to God in prayer again and again throughout the entire Lenten season.


    Click here for a list of the words.

  • Ash Wednesday resources - Feb 17

    Join us on February 17th at 7:00 p.m. for an Ash Wednesday Service on Zoom. To that service, we ask that you bring your Ash Wednesday Reflection Sheet, your colored pencils, and your Ash Wednesday sticker. Traditionally, Ash Wednesday is a day to receive ashes on the forehead or hand, accompanied by the words from Genesis 3:19- “From dust you came, and to dust you shall return.” For this Ash Wednesday Service, you may wear your sticker as a symbol of your humanity and need for God’s love and grace.


    Service:

    Zoom link

    Meeting ID: 821 1544 0471

    Passcode: 248447

    Dial in: 1-929-436-2866

  • Stone

    While in the wilderness, Jesus was invited to transform stone into bread. Though he resisted the temptation there and then, he became justly renowned for feeding people who were hungry for food, or for love, or for a word of encouragement, or for simple acceptance. Might there be a stony place in you that needs transforming? Some attitude or habit that, with a little attention, might even become a gift for you and others? Perhaps you might want to meditate on your Epiphany Star Word by writing it on your stone with a permanent marker. How might your Star Word be a blessing for you this Lent?

  • tea light

    Lent begins in the dimness of late winter and ends with the burst of bright spring. Jesus is, according to John’s gospel, ‘The Light of the World’ and that Light insists: ‘You are the light of the world. Don’t be hiding under some bushel basket.’ So where do you shine? How do you keep your light lit?