Symbols and Reflections for Lent

Each week throughout the Lenten season grab the item listed (i.e. seeds, rock, human figure, candle, heart, cross) and spend a few minutes reflecting, praying, reading Scripture, exploring these devotions.  It’s suitable for individuals or entire families!

Week 1 (2.18 – 2.24)

chia seedsSEEDS – Watching the growth of flower seeds reminds us of the miraculous hope and transformation that is carried in the promise of Easter.  When seeds are planted, they change; they decay as they transform into a new life-a new life that we can’t imagine when we first plant them.

Read the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32 or Luke 13:18-19) and the Parable of the Leavened Bread (Matthew 13:33 or Luke 13:20-21) and reflect on the meaning of change and transformation.

How might God be wanting to transform you during this season of Lent?  what in your life needs to be replanted or dug up or watered and fed?  What might God desire to grow within you?

Week 2 (2.25 – 3.03)

rocks

ROCK – While in the wilderness, Jesus was invited to transform stone into bread.  Though he resisted the temptation then and there, he became  justly renowned for feeding people who were hungry for food, or for love, or for a word of encouragement, or for forgiveness.  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?

Read the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19.  Jesus transforms Zacchaeus.  Jesus transforms us too, when we invite him into our lives.  Is there a place in your life where you have yet to invite him?  How might you open this part of your life to Him this week?

Week 3 (3..04 – 3.10)

wooden human figure

HUMAN FIGURE – Read Romans 12.

Because Jesus is both fully divine AND fully human, he gets us, understands us from inside our skin, and chooses to equip us – as imperfect and fallible as we are – to do great things in His name and by the power of his Holy Spirit.  No matter what we do, Jesus keeps inviting us to join Him in his work; to be His hands and His feet in the world.

How can you live in such a way that you reflect Christ who lives in and through you?

Week 4 (3.11 – 3.17)

candle

CANDLE – Read Matthew 5:14-16.

Lent begins in the dimness of late winter and ends with the burst of bright spring.  In John’s gospel we hear that Jesus is the “Light of the world.”  And here, we find that the Light – Jesus – insists that “You are the light of the world.  Don’t hid your light under a bushel basket!”

Reflect this week on some of the places in your life where you keep the Light of Christ hidden.  What are some ways that you might lift the bushel basket and let the Light of Jesus shine into every area of your life?

Week 5 (3.18 – 3.24)

heart

HEART – Read John 13:3-17.

When Jesus washed his disciples’ feet the night before his arrest, he revealed to his followers that loving others as God loves us means being a servant; humbling ourselves and putting the needs of others above our own.  The commandment is simple and yet profound: Love one another.  It sounds so easy, yet we all know that putting love into action doesn’t always come as naturally – or as easily – as we’d like.  Loving with a servant’s heart, like Jesus, requires practice and intentionality.

Remembering that Jesus washed Judas’ feet just as tenderly as he washed Peter’s (and everyone else’s) feet, what are some of the ways that you can love God by serving someone who isn’t “easy” to love?  What does this kind of love require of you?

Week 6 (3.25 -3.31)

wooden cross

CROSS – Read Luke 9:23.

The cross is the most well-known symbol of faith.  It is at once both a reminder of the agonizing death of Jesus, and the glorious promise of resurrection and eternal life in and through Jesus Christ.

But what does it mean to “take up your cross and follow”?

We all know that life is not easy.  There are disappointments, losses, failures, illnesses, pains, loneliness, worry, just to name a few.  Jesus calls us to put our trust in him, and to follow him wherever he leads…even if he leads on a difficult path.  Jesus never promised us that life would be easy.  But he DID promise to always be with us.

As you walk through this Holy Week, even though it isn’t pleasant or comfortable, spend some intentional time reflecting on the agony of the cross.  Perhaps pray that God would give you a deeper understanding of what Jesus went through during this last week of his life.  Read the story of Christ’s Passion in any of the four Gospels.

How will you carry the cross this week?  How will you follow Jesus?

Holy-Week-Schedule


Palm Sunday, March 25

Service of worship at 10:00a.m. with Palm Processional and Sanctuary Choir’s Cantata: “Hallelujah!  What a Savior: The Crucified and Risen Christ”

Wednesday, March 28

What do I believe about the resurrection of the body?  Join us for the final night of our Lenten Oasis study based on Adam Hamilton’s book “Creed–What Christians Believe and Why: Exploring the Apostles’ Creed.”

Hamilton believes that for Christians, and for others seeking faith, some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, a historic statement of foundational Christian faith.  In this compelling study, he explores not only what Christians believe, but why it matters.

The evening starts at 5:30p.m. with a light supper, followed by activities for ages 3rd grade – adult from 6:00-7:15.

Sometimes the middle of the week can feel like a dry, deserted place.  Join us at the Oasis!

Maundy Thursday, March 29

Service of worship at 7:00p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us as the Fellowship Hall is turned into the “Upper Room” and we remember the Last Supper of our Lord, Jesus Christ in a unique worship experience that you won’t soon forget!

Good Friday, March 30

Join the Blue Water Area Church Association (BWACA) for its annual community worship service.  This year’s service is held at Colonial Woods Missionary Church at 1:00p.m.; Stations of the Cross will also be observed at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 1:00p.m. with a concert offered by the choirs of St. Joseph at 2:00p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 1

Two services of worship with an Easter breakfast in between.  Join us at 8:00a.m. for our Easter “Sunrise” service in the sanctuary.  Including the sacrament of Holy Communion by intinction.  Then join us at 8:45 for our annual Easter breakfast in the fellowship hall.  Finally, our traditional service of worship with pew communion will be held at 10:00a.m.  Also, the One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received during both services.  Need more information?  Click here.