Sacred Journey

Lent is a sacred journey. Through repentance, we reconcile with God, through our spiritual practices we reconnect in our relationship with God and community, and through the risen Christ we resurrect to new life. Lent is the time in the rhythm of the church calendar when we are particularly intentional with our spiritual practices in a desire to draw closer to God and prepare our hearts for the highs and lows of Holy Week and Easter. 

 

As the adage goes, “The family that prays together stays together.” Praying as a community is a powerfully unifying experience. During Lent, I invite you to join me in a church-wide practice of praying the Daily Office. The Daily Office is a structured prayer practice in which times are designated throughout the day to spend in prayer and devotion. We will be praying the Celtic Daily Office from Northumbria community. It includes Morning, Midday, Evening, and Compline prayers which are accessible on their website. Prayer journals containing the prayers will also be available at church during Lent. If you prefer to listen to or sing the musical setting of the Celtic Daily Office, recordings are available at iTunes. 

 

At 6:30 am on Tuesday mornings during Lent, I will lead the Morning Prayer for all who desire to gather in the sanctuary to pray as a community. During worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, portions of the morning and evening prayers will be incorporated into worship. Throughout the season of Lent, I invite you to pause and take time for prayer as you go about your day. I pray that this will be an experience that draws us each closer to God and to each other as we prepare our hearts for the sacred journey in which the end at the empty tomb is only the glorious beginning.

 

Blessings on the journey!

-Pastor Wendy