Worship‎ > ‎

Listen - Lenten Series

Lent Worship Series - Listen

Get ready for a great worship series during lent. It starts Feb 14th at either of our Ash Wednesday services (12 noon or 7 pm) and continues each Sunday in lent.

Lent Worship Series - Listen

Second Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 25th - 8 am chapel | 10:30 am sanctuary

Message: Finding Your Breath: Listening to our Bodies

Our sacred texts connect the breath of God with our own aliveness–God blew breath into us at creation and we continue to breathe all of creation in and out of our bodies constantly. The early church also believed that breath and Spirit were one in the same. How might the meditative practice of paying attention to our breath be, in and of itself, a prayer of connection to God?

Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 4th - 8 am chapel | 10:30 am sanctuary

Message: Finding a Word: Listening to the Texts

The Wisdom tradition within Christianity invites us to love knowledge, especially the self-knowledge that comes from examining ourselves in relationship to the liberating Word of God. Lectio divina (“divine reading”) is an ancient tradition of mixing the reading of scripture with prayer and meditation. What will we hear when we let go of what it all is “supposed to” mean and simply let it reside within us?

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Message: Finding Your Power: Listening for Healing

Sunday, March 11th - 8 am chapel | 10:30 am sanctuary

This week we will consider that the mechanics of what happens in prayer is not as important as that we do it. Because whether or not the outcome for ourselves or others is an actual healing, the very act of being entangled with God and with others through prayer has healing and power-bestowing benefits.

Message: Finding Your Mystic: Listening Beyond the Voices

Sunday, March 18th - 8 am chapel | 10:30 am sanctuary

Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature. Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think… Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. - Romans 12: 2-12

We often have a “cast of characters” living inside our heads that love to carry on endless conversations–each from their own perspective. The chatter of our minds can sometimes keep us from a deeper listening and it is often difficult to decipher exactly what constitutes a mystical connection to God. Getting our True Self into the chairperson’s seat in the committee meeting does not mean ignoring those voices of pessimism, people-pleasing or accusation, but instead listening intently to them and not letting them bully us into action based on fear. Letting them in and letting them go is the prayer of the mystic within.

Message: Finding Your Purpose: Listening to Your Heart

Sunday, March 25th - 8 am chapel | 10:30 am sanctuary

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane… And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” - Matthew 26: 36-46

Jesus’ prayer life was described most often in the scriptures as something he did “away” from the crowds or disciples. And as we come to the last week of this Lent journey, we have experienced the blessings of turning away from the noise of the world in order to turn inward to hear that “still small voice” of God and finding our own voice of wisdom there as well. This Sunday begins the story of the end of Jesus’ human life and the scripture contains one of the rare examples of how Jesus prayed. It was honest, it was gut-wrenching, and it finally was a letting-go of expectations about life and a turn toward the acceptance that gives the courage to move onward.

Message - Hearing the Still, Small Voice: Finding Your Own

Good Friday, March 30th - 7 pm chapel

“I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from this world. They were yours and
you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. This is because I gave them the words that you gave me, and they received them. They truly understood that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. “I’m praying for them…” - John 17-19

The “Appointment with God” that we have experienced each week in our Lent worship will be expanded for an evening of being with God, with ourselves and with each other. We start with a meal, remembering the last time Jesus ate with his disciples. Then we will “go to the Garden” with Jesus to pray, hear music, be silent together, and see photos from our individual Lent prayer journeys. We will hear the scripture account of Good Friday and then go out into the night to wait for… the rest of the Story.