Boot Camp for the Soul
Lent as preparation for a greater challenge still to come.
We approach the Lenten season with an emphasis on interiority, personal investigation, and contrition – the intentional work of seeking a change of heart or actions. Reflection and change take work, hard work. Lent can be like a boot camp for the soul, a restart in a focused area. We walk this season together, demanding the best of ourselves, ready to support one another, and prepared to see truths that shatter our self-understanding.
The range of the readings in this season is the full breadth of lived human experience from creation to death and new life. The preacher has the opportunity to place the foundational Christian narrative on the significant life events of the community in this season, paralleling the false choices of temptation with the conditions of suffering in the world today.
|Sermon Title||Focus Scripture||Theme|
|Lent I – 3/1||The Need for Change||Ps. 32; Matt. 4:1-11||We face temptation as we discern what God really wants for us.|
|Lent II – 3/8
|Reset||Gen. 12:1-4a; John 3:1-17||Spiritual rebirth means a new start.|
|Lent III – 3/15||Hydrate||Exod. 17:1-7; John 4: 5-42||Living water sustains us on our journey.|
|Lent IV – 3/22||Redefined||I Sam. 16: 1-13; John 9: 1-41||We are more than we appear to be.|
|Lent V – 3/29||Dead End||Ezek. 37: 1-14; John 11: 1-45||When all hope seems lost, God revives.|
|Palm Sunday – 4/5||Celebrate and Wait||Ps. 118: 1-2, 19-29; Matt. 21: 1-11||Rejoice at the end of the journey, but know challenges lie ahead.|
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