During the forty day season of Lent beginning on February 14, Ash Wednesday, we join in this season with brothers and sisters across the world and going back to some of the earliest Christians not out of obligation, but out of desperation.
We need Jesus.
We need Jesus so much that we’ll follow him anywhere if it means getting closer to him. We will follow him into the wilderness. We will even follow him to the cross. In fact, we must (Mt 16:24).
It is in the wilderness that we learn to let go of so many things that obscure our sight and to instead see only Jesus (Mt 17:8). It is in the wilderness that we say ‘no’ to all of the things that we consume and that consume us (Mt 4) so that we can say ‘yes’ to the Lord.
In that saying ‘no’ to other things, we begin to feel hungry. And weak. We begin to feel our need. It has been there all along—this hunger—but it gets masked by the quick fix foods of our self, sin, and society. We can hide our hunger, but only in Jesus the bread of heaven can it be satisfied.
It is in the wilderness that we feel our need for Jesus and that we learn to receive his presence as a feast for our hungry souls.
So come, join us in the wilderness this Lent as we prepare for the glory of Easter!
2/11 Transfiguration, Sunday, 10am
2/14 Ash Wednesday, 7pm
2/18 Lent 1, Sunday, 10am
2/25 Lent 2, Sunday, 10am
3/4 Lent 3, Sunday, 10am
3/11 Lent 4, Sunday, 10am
3/18 Lent 5, Sunday, 10am
3/25 Palm Sunday, Sunday, 10am
3/30 Good Friday Service, 7pm
4/1 Easter Sunrise Service
4/1 Easter Sunday, Sunday, 10am
This Holy Week devotional includes daily scripture readings that follow Jesus' passion from Palm Sunday through Easter Monday, collects from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and icons based on the readings for the day. We invite you to use them for your personal or family devotions to enter into Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection.
During the season of Lent, we are asking the father who delights in us, guides us, and empowers us to bring his growth and flourishing in our lives and church for the sake of others in our neighborhoods. Use this prayer guide to help lead your household in prayer.