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Intergenerational Kickoff to Lent
February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Intergenerational Kickoff – Sunday, February 27, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
You are invited to an INTERGENERATIONAL LENTEN KICKOFF on Sunday, February 27, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. As we begin Lent as a Church family, we will gather around tables in the Fellowship Hall to share a light dinner (from McAllister’s), have conversations about Lent and Easter, and create a Resurrection Garden that we can watch transform from something barren and parched to something rich and nourishing during the 40 days of Lent. This will be a fun time for all ages – children, youth, and adults – and we hope you will join us! Reservations are required through Realm or by contacting Dan Wiard or Trish Snead in the church office.
Deadline to register: Wednesday, February 23.
About the Study:
This year we use the book Seven Words: Listening to Christ from the Cross, by Susan Robb, as our Lenten small group study. Robb says, “Jesus’s last words, uttered as he was dying on Good Friday, offer us the opportunity to lean in and listen closely for messages that are for us. These statements, collected from the various Gospel accounts, have traditionally been called the seven last words of Jesus. It is particularly important to listen to them during Lent because Jesus calls on us to go on the same journey that led him to Golgotha. According to the Gospel writers, he made that call graphically, painfully explicit: ‘If any want to become my followers, let them . . . take up their cross and follow me’ (Mark 8:34). To hear Jesus’s dying words as guideposts for our own journey is to reclaim the power of the words to two beautiful hymns: ‘Must Jesus bear the cross alone, / and all the world go free? / No, there’s a cross for everyone, / and there’s a cross for me.’ Christ’s words become, for us, not merely dying words but words that show us how to live. They point the way as we seek to carry out the mission that we undertake when we commit to follow him and ‘Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim / till all the world adore his sacred name.’”
(Robb, Introduction Seven Words. Page 10)