Lent is Cumulative and Reflective Discernment

Lent is nearly over. Our fifth Wednesday Lenten program (tomorrow Mar. 16th) will wrap up a progressive exploration of the connection between prayer and social action. We will be praying for discernment and wondering together about next steps for Union’s social justice ministry.

We’ve heard the stories of famous theologians, activists, and writers; we’ve experimented with prayer practices, done some craft activities, and deepened our spiritual lives with our weekly service of intergenerational communion. Sunday worship has been enhanced by ‘bread sharing rituals’ offering us “Bread for the Journey” as we move to discern our focus for social actions and ministries at Union church.

March 20th is Palm/Passion Sunday that begins with a joyous parade from Fellow-ship Hall carrying our gently used coats to the front of the sanctuary. Then we will walk with Jesus into Holy Week… which will be torturous on his body and spirit. We will be witnesses to God’s upside-down actions – Jesus entering Jerusalem as a servant not a militant; Jesus as one who rules by serving instead of the kings who served by ruling.

Similar to reflecting about a lengthy vacation to a faraway location or a trip to an unexpected place, our program and worship experiences during Lent have been designed to be cumulative and reflective. What has the Spirit been saying to you? Where have you noticed a disruption to your usual way of doing things that might be a nudge from the Spirit?

I invite you to continue discerning where God is leading you, where God is
leading Union church, as we journey into Holy Week and Easter.

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