The theme for the upcoming messages and worship services is The Lens of Lent. What comes to your mind immediately when you hear the word “Lent?” I would guess that many of us think about “giving something up”—like chocolate or ice cream or an unhealthy habit. During my ministry, I have also encouraged people to “take something on”—daily devotional time, a study, a renewed commitment to prayer, or new service or outreach efforts. When we look at our lives through the lens of Lent it gives us the opportunity for introspection and self-reflection. With that in mind, I will share a four-sermon series:
- Oversight – The story of Nicodemus from John 3:1-9
- Insight – The story of the woman at the well found in John 4:5-19
- Hindsight – The story of Lazarus and his sisters from John 11:17-27
- Foresight – The Palm Sunday story in Matthew 21:1-11
The “Lens of Lent” series is part of a year-long emphasis called “2020 Vision.” When we hear the number “2020,” we can’t help but think of eyesight—so it makes sense to embrace it thematically. As the rest of the year unfolds we will focus on other variations of the theme: “Recognizing Resurrection,” “Pentecost Perspectives,” and “Visions of Advent.” I hope to see you ‘round the Table often as we begin our Lenten journey. And I pray that we will all see God and ways to serve God’s people more clearly.