Come and Listen to the Sounds of Lent
Do you know what is rare in our world today? Listening. Everyone seems to be talking and not listening. Lent is a season to hear from God. To hear how desperate we are and how sufficient He is.
This season, we invite you to listen to the Word in a deeper way. To hear the Word of the Gospel not simply as words on a page in an old book but as the true story of what God has accomplished for you. Come and listen to the Sounds of Lent.
Lenten Wednesdays and Holy Week
February 26 | Ash Wednesday) | The Sounds of Suffering
Reading: Joel 2:12-19 | Responsive Psalm: Psalm 51: 1-4; 10-12; 15
Dinner: pulled pork | coleslaw | cobbler | salad bar | dessert
From dust you came and to dust you shall return. This is the reminder of Ash Wednesday. You are not in control. As much as we try, we cannot escape the wages of sin which is death. The Lord looks at the stain of our sin and does not say, “Clean yourself up. Do better. Try harder.” In His grace, God simply says, “Return to me.”
March 4 | Clinking Coins
Reading: Matthew 26: 14-25 | Responsive Psalm: Psalm 55: 1-3; 12-14; 16
Dinner: lasagna | chicken fettuccine | salad bar | dessert
Betrayal is sometimes the most painful of sins against us. For Jesus, the betrayal did not come from someone he had healed or from a casual observer of one of his sermons. This betrayal hurt even more because it came from his inner circle.
March 11 | Crying Tears
Reading: John 11:28-36 | Responsive Psalm: Psalm 116: 1-9
Dinner: soup | sandwiches | salad bar | dessert
What makes you cry? A soldier’s homecoming. Injustice. A movie. A kind word. What make Jesus cry? Seeing the world He created in a state of brokenness and death. To redeem a fallen world and to restore what has been broken is why He has come.
March 18 | Trampling Feet
Reading: John 18: 1-18 | Responsive Psalm: Psalm 59: 1-4; 14-17
Dinner: chicken fingers | mac & cheese | salad bar | dessert
From the time that Jesus began to proclaim the Kingdom of God, he has been saying, “The time has not yet come.” But now is the time. His hour has finally come and it comes with the sound of a marching mob.
March 25 | Crowing Rooster
Reading: Luke 22:54-62 | Responsive Psalm: Psalm 38: 1-4; 10-11; 21-22
Dinner: crispy beef tacos| salad bar | dessert
The crowing of a rooster signals that a new day has come. For Peter, this new day was a day he said would never come, “I will never deny you.” For us, each day is a greater recognition of the greatness of our sin but thanks be to God that His mercy is even greater every morning.
April 1 | Shouting Mob
Reading: Matthew 27:15-26 | Responsive Psalm: Psalm 1 (All verses)
Dinner: hamburgers | hotdogs | salad bar | ice cream sundaes
Can you imagine? For three years Jesus has been healing the sick, loving the marginalized and proclaiming freedom to those held captive in sin. After all those good things, who will defend Him at His time of need? No one! Not only will they not defend him but they will advocate for a criminal.
April 9 | Maundy Thursday – First Communion | The Sounds of Supper
Reading: Matthew 26: 26-28 | Responsive Psalm: Psalm 34: 1-9
The table is set. Smell the food and see the décor. Jesus invites you to come as you are to be served by Him with His very best. His body and blood. Come to the table to taste and see that the Lord is good.
April 10 | Good Friday | Tears, Whips, Nails and Victory