Lent 2020

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Lay Aside Every Weight: A Call for a Liberating Lent

Sunday, March 1, 2020. 1st Sunday in Lent
Don’t Tempt Me (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7)
There is no way we can escape temptation. And it can be difficult to discern if we are tempted to something good or something destructive. We can be sure that we will have to confront temptation. We can also be sure that God’s grace strengthens and sustains us in the wilderness, giving us what we need when we are most vulnerable and most susceptible to destructive temptation.

Sunday, March 8, 2020. 2nd Sunday in Lent
The Birth of Something New (John 3:1-17)
We have heard the phrase “born again” so often that it has lost both its meaning and its power. Can we reclaim the meaning and power of being born of the Spirit? Perhaps, it is not so much about starting over as it is about starting anew, accepting God’s offer of a new anointing, a new refreshing, and new spirit. In yearning for faith and meaning, perhaps a recognition of God’s love for the world means we have an opportunity for new, abundant life.

Sunday, March 15, 2020. 3rd Sunday in Lent
Our Rock of Salvation (John 4:5-42)
We thirst for God, for something that satisfies our deepest longing. God is a rock of salvation who can provide a feast in the wilderness, nourishing us even when we languish in a barren and forbidding environment. At our most desperate, God seems so distant. Yet, so many times, when we least expected it, God was waiting, present, and available to save us.

Sunday, March 22, 2020. 4th Sunday in Lent
A Muddy Miracle (John 9:1-25; 39-41)
Our view of sin and salvation can be muddy, limited, and punishing, in which our tendency to name the sins of others causes us to miss God’s ability to work with us and any situation to bring salvation. God moves and acts in surprising ways to bring both deliverance and clarity. Can we perceive it?

Sunday, March 29, 2020. 5th Sunday in Lent
Living Again (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
In God’s hand, that which is dead, dried up, and devoid of breath can be fused with life and vitality, newness and possibility. Before we write people off too soon or settle too quickly into places of apathy, futility, and forsakenness, we are invited to trust that the Holy Spirit always creates possibilities for new life.