We have already begun Lenten opportunities. Wednesday, March 1st was Ash Wednesday and we kicked off with the Imposition of Ashes both in Ed Hale Park downtown, and with an evening service in the sanctuary.
Thursday, March 23rd, at 7:00 am we will meet in the sanctuary narthex for Lectio Divina. This devotional way of reading scripture, helps us glimpse how God might be speaking into our lives today.
Wednesday, March 29th, at 6:00 pm we will meet in John Knox Hall for our second Lenten Supper and Beatitude Study. We will further explore, “Blessed are the meek…” and “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”
If you would like to be included in our “Beatitudes” email, send us your email address. Everyday through Lent you will receive an inspirational email with a short prayer. This is the one for Monday, March 20th:
Monday, March 20th
Do you recall these words from Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi? “Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited.” Jesus had access to all glory, honor, and power, yet he set it aside. He chose to submit. “He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” This is power reframed. This reframing begins to give us some new insights, as to what it truly means to be meek. The meek use their power differently. They surrender their power, so that it may be used to usher in the reign of God, as Christ did.
Gracious and loving God, we admit that we struggle to surrender our power for causes other than our own. We know that we often pray, “on earth as it is in heaven,” but this is not easy. It is hard to give up what we want. It is hard to surrender control. Give us the courage to explore how we might use our power differently to usher in ever more fully your reign, O God. Amen.