March 5, 2014 – Ash Wednesday
We begin the 40 day season of Lent with our first soup supper followed by a time of prayer and song on Ash Wednesday at 6:45pm.
March 9, 2014 – Following Jesus to a Lonely Desert
Jesus heads to the wilderness to get away from it all and pray. We try to avoid such loneliness and thus fill our world with empty chatter and hollow talk, yet Jesus learned to turn loneliness into a fruitful and creative solitude. Maybe we too could benefit from a bit of solitude and silence in our lives.
Texts: Isaiah 40:28-31 Psalm 46 and Matthew 4:1-11
March 16, 2014 – Nicodemus: Seeker
We may have a visit from Nicodemus, a person of privilege and power who came to Jesus by night seeking an enlightenment he had failed to find in the world around him. His conversation with Jesus turns his life around, as if he were born again. He shares with us his own unique perspective on Jesus’ life and ministry.
Texts: Ecclesiastes 1: 1- 27 portions Psalm 36 and John 3:1-17
March 23, 2014 – A Little Boy with Some Bread and Fish
We live in a world where everyone is telling us what to eat and what not to eat. The people in Jesus’ day had no such dilemma, they rejoiced in God’s goodness whenever it came. They had no fast food; slow food was the only goodness they knew. In a story from John’s Gospel, a little boy shares what he has and an entire crowd finds nourishment. Moses too finds food and drink in unexpected places.
Texts: Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 and John 6:1-15
March 30, 2014 – A Broken Man Along the Road – Why Do Bad Things Happen?
Reflecting on the text from Job, we will try to answer the question Jesus was asked by his disciples and perhaps us as well: “If God is so good, why do we have to suffer.” “Alas” says Job and the cartoon character Schroeder: “Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.”
Texts: Job 1:1-3, 2:1-9, 42:1-6 Psalm 23 John 9:1-4