During Lent you will notice the Prayer of Confession in our Sunday worship.
In Christian tradition (circa 325), Lent is a penitential season of self-examination and prayer that precedes Holy Week and Easter. In Western churches, the season opens on Ash Wednesday and consists of 40 days, excluding Sundays (an echo of the story of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness). This year we are exploring the metaphor of wilderness. As we wait for the increasing light of spring, let us go deep within, an inward wilderness journey to reflect on how we are living; how well we are grounded in God, our Ground of Being.
The prayer of confession can help prompt us every Sunday to find our
I love this brief reading from a wonderful book by Michael Leunig that Kevin Brown gave me years ago, When I Talk To You: A Cartoonist Talks to God
. I encourage you to read it aloud, slowly. Don’t skim it.
God help us to find our confession;
The truth within us which is hidden from our mind;
The beauty or the ugliness we see elsewhere
But never in ourselves;
The stowaway which has been smuggled
Into the dark side of the heart,
Which puts the heart off balance an causes it pain,
Which wearies and confuses us,
Which tips us in false directions and inclines us
The load which is not carried squarely
Because it is carried in ignorance.
God help us to find our confession.
Help us across the boundary of our understanding.
Lead is into the darkness that we may find what
That we may confess it towards the light;
That we may carry our truth in the centre of our heart;
That we may carry our cross wisely
And bring harmony into our life and our world. Amen.
Yes. This Lent we will confess our sins. We will sing for God’s mercy. And we will listen, in silence, for God’s still small voice offering us grace: the grace of acceptance; and the grace of new beginnings.
What a privilege it is to be on this Jesus path together!
Lenten Contemplative Evening Service in the style of Taize with Marty Haugen
Wednesday evenings through April 5, 6:00 pm, Mayflower Chapel. In-person only. (all Covid protocols, see Mayflower website for details)
You are invited to join Marty Haugen for this time of silence, simple songs, and scripture during this time of Lent.
Lenten Fellowship Meal
Wed, Mar 1; and all Wednesdays through April 5.
A simple meal will follow each Lenten service in the Fireside Room.
Mayflower Journeys Through the Wilderness this Lent
This Lenten season, Mayflower will follow along with the Lenten & Easter Toolkit provided last year by the Minnesota UCC conference.
The theme is “Wilderness
,” and we will explore several different weekly themes centered around the wilderness of the soul and our connections to the Earth and each other.
Each week, we will provide ideas for activities and discussion questions for use by families and church groups alike. We encourage you to engage with the material and each other as we embrace the Lenten energy of intentional reflection. Families set aside some time for weekly meditations/devotionals or find ways to weave the themes into everyday discussion. Grandparents, invite your grandchildren into these discussions either in person or via your preferred video call platform. Friends and teams, make some intentional time to contemplate this material together over a warm beverage.
Join us as we traverse the wilderness together. We may be wandering, but we needn’t do so alone.