Lent 2018

Worship in Lent – “Christ Beside Me”

Lent is a time to recognize our everyday lives and encounters are the grounds for spiritual and cultural transformation.  This Lent we challenge ourselves with the provocative narrative of Mark’s gospel and comfort ourselves with Celtic spiritual practices. 

The gospel of Mark traces the journey of Jesus as he stares down the powers of evil, oppression, fear-based politics, insider myopia and religious indifference through his unlikely ascent to becoming the messiah no one expected he would be.   Through studying the Gospel of Mark, we come along beside Jesus in the pivotal scenes of his ministry as we also invite Christ to companion us in our social relationships for these 40 days and beyond.

Each week, we will suggest a spiritual practice that honors the Celtic Christian philosophy of finding the sacred in the everyday and honoring all creation as the ground of our being.  We offer ways to engage Lent through Sunday classes and a Tuesday night gathering that can be joined in person or online.  On Sundays, we pray like St. Patrick and St. Brigid asking God to safeguard our hearts from cynicism, despair, ignorance and prejudice. 

Begin Lent with us on Ash Wednesday, February 4th..  Gather early at 5pm around the fire pit to dedicate your Lenten resolutions and for ashes-on-the-go or join us later at 7pm for a short half hour service of readings, litanies, and imposition of ashes. 


Ash Wednesday  – February 14th – The Fire Burns Brightly, The Ashes Fall Lightly

5:00pm Fire Pit and ashes-to-go.

7:00pm  Worship Service with the imposition of ashes. 

Tuesday Lenten Gatherings:  Celtic Spiritual practices.

Lent 1 – Feb. 18th
The Enemy Is Real
Jesus’s Temptation Story:
 Mark 1

Lent 2 – Feb. 25th
Boundaries Redefined
Jesus is schooled by a Syrophoenician woman:
 Mark 7

Lent 3 – Mar. 4th
Until the Time is Right:
Jesus keeps his identity secret:
 Mark 4

Lent 4 – Mar. 11th
Outside In:
Jesus opens up to outsiders  
Mark 5 & 10

Lent 5 – Mar. 18th 
Discipleship is death:
Save your life or lose it?
Mark 8

Lent 6 – March 25th:  
Palm Sunday
Dramatic retellings of the last events of Jesus’ ministry

Maundy Thursday – Mar. 29th
Communion and foot washing shared in parishes.

Good Friday – Mar. 30th
7:00 pm Worship Service

Easter Sunday – April 1st:
Beside Ourselves
“They got out as fast as they could, beside themselves, their heads swimming. Stunned, they said nothing to anyone.”
Mark 16:8