An Invitation to Lent
Today, Ash Wednesday, we join together with Christians throughout the world in entering into the season of Lent. This season stands in stark contrast to a culture that, even in the midst of great chaos and turmoil, urges us to pretend as if everything is okay. Lent is a time for us to collectively look around, and say what isn’t okay, whether in our lives or the life of the world. We name the things that are broken, and in that naming take the first step towards healing, restoration, and new life.
At LCM, we’re entering into this season, centered on the theme of wilderness. It’s a complicated, multilayered theme, and one that can sustain the journeys that you all will be on together and individually this season. Just as Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, so we’ll prepare ourselves for his death and resurrection by wandering around together in the wilderness, wondering what God might be making of us. We’re taking care to make space for the hard stuff, while also acknowledging the surprises of beauty, joy, and sustenance that can find us in these wild places. You’ll have the opportunity to tell stories, make art, go on hikes, and serve your neighbor; among many other things, together in community.
As you contemplate how you’ll enter this season, please consider making time for worship on Ash Wednesday, at 8pm, on Zoom. In addition to the beauty of worship and the sacraments, we’ll have a chance to talk about the season of Lent a bit more, and prayerfully contemplate how you might enter into this season with joy and intention. If you still need worship supplies, click on this link and we’ll do our best to get you our gift bag, full of worship supplies and items to mark the season in your homes.
PS – If you’d like to talk about Lent more, whether you’re brand new to this season, or you need some help reframing, or you just want to have some accountability as you set your intention, please schedule a time on Pastor Kate’s calendar here.