Lent at CTS (2017)

Making Change

The theme for this year’s Wednesday Lenten Evening Prayer services will be “Making Change.” Change is a constant in our lives. Some changes mark gradual transitions, as when daytime shifts toward twilight or winter turns to spring. Others happen in the blink of an eye, separating time into “before” and “after.” We choose to undergo some changes after carefully considering our options, while others are forced upon us. Sometimes they are changes that we know are for the better, and at other times, the changes are unwanted, regretted, and feared. This was as true for the lives of Jesus’ disciples as it is for us. In the weeks, days, and hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples also experienced change: a change of venue as the gates of Jerusalem approached, a change of plans as their long-awaited Messiah was arrested and tried, and a change of circumstance as the crowds shouted “Crucify!”

Change is hard. We long for the expected and familiar, but all too often find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty and the unknown. We cannot predict how things will turn out. But throughout the scriptures and throughout the life of Jesus, the faithful are urged to trust in God’s wisdom and God’s steadfast love in all circumstances. The lessons and meditations each week will focus on different aspects of living and trusting through inevitably present change.

We hope that you will join us each Wednesday between Ash Wednesday, March 1 and Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, April 9.

Wednesday Evenings in Lent

We gather at 6:30 pm to share in a simple soup supper and fellowship. All are Welcome! At 7:30 pm we join in a service of Evening Prayer (Vespers).

Wednesday, March 8

Theme: Change of Seasons
Lessons: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 & Luke 13:18-21
Psalm: 90
“For everything there is a season.” We hear those familiar words telling us that life is full of changes. Jesus’ parables are also filled with images of life transformed. Just as the mustard seed grows into a tree or yeast turns flour into bread, we too are called to be agents of change in the kingdom of God. Christ did not come to earth to maintain the status quo, but rather to usher in a change of season.

Wednesday, March 15

Theme: Change of Habit
Lessons: Galatians 5:16-25 & Luke 6:46-49
Psalm: 1
Bad habits are hard to break. The letter to the Galatians urges us to replace them with the fruits of the Spirit. Love, patience, generosity, and self-control are just some of the good habits practiced by those whose foundation is built on Christ.

Wednesday, March 22

Theme: Change of Circumstances
Lessons: I Thes. 5:12-24 & Luke 12:22-34
Psalm: 130:1-5, 13-18
We move from elementary to middle school or from our hometown to a new community. We lose a job, or gain a child, or accomplish a goal, or relinquish a dream. Through it all, we learn to give thanks to God in all circumstances.

Wednesday, March 29

Theme: Change of Heart
Lessons: Ezekiel 36:22-28 & Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Psalm: 119.1-6
Jesus’ words to the Pharisees give us pause: “You honor me with your lips, but your hearts are far from me.” Jesus invites us to experience a change of heart that will in fact change every part of our lives.

Wednesday, April 5

Theme: Change of Plans
Lessons:Isaiah 52:13-15 & Mark 10:32-34
Psalm: 2
God’s ways are not our own. We expect a conquering king and hero, but Jesus instead leads us down the road to Jerusalem and humbles himself on the cross. God changes our plans and replaces them with a love that is broader and deeper than anything we could imagine.

 

Lenten Offerings

Designated Lenten offerings will be distributed to Gaithersburg HELP and the ELCA’s International Women Leaders Initiative.

Lenten Devotional Resources

In addition to the Wednesday evening services, there will also be opportunities to reflect and share with one another our thoughts and impressions on Christ the Servant’s Facebook page.

A number of devotional resources for Lent have been collected at the CTS Pinterest site (click below). A printed copy of resources is also available on the bulletin board in the hallway at CTS.

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