AGAIN & AGAIN
About the Theme: Again & Again
In Lent, we’re reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament again, we mess up again. Again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats—every time lives are taken unjustly, every time the powerful choose corruption and violence, every time individuals forget how to love. With exacerbation we exclaim, “Again?! How long, O God?” And yet, in the midst of the motion blur chaos of our lives, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward.
This theme provides a clear invitation in a time when much is unclear. Even if worshiping apart, we come to God again and again with our prayers, our dreams, our hopes, and our doubts. Even if from a distance, we will continue to be community to one another—especially when it’s hard—by choosing each other over and over again. We will continue to love God with the same persistence God chooses and claims us.
Our sub-theme, A Lenten Refrain, speaks to the ways God can make music of our lives. “Refrain” also reminds us that Lent is a season of abstaining from certain or harmful practices in order to take on new rhythms and habits. In this season, we need rituals—both old and new—to remember and be transformed. Embodied practice builds muscle memory. Repetition helps retrain our neural pathways. We need the 46 days of Lent because this season shapes us into more faithful disciples. Join us this Lent as again and again, we bring all of who we are to God and trust that God will meet us, time and again, along the way. (www.sanctifiedart.org)
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lent Book Study
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (2020)
A work of historical fiction centering on an imagined
wife of Jesus of Nazareth
Join Pastor Marisa to read together a new book by Sue Monk Kidd, award-winning author of The Secret Life of Bees. In this book, Sue Monk Kidd considers the human life of Jesus based on scriptural and ancient non-canonical writings about him, as seen through the eyes of a creative, faith-filled 1st century woman who loves him. Pastor Marisa will bring many of the bible passages and ancient writing excerpts referred to in the book as well as share a Study Guide and Q&A from the author herself.
There will be four opportunities to meet and discuss a section of the book,
and you can come for any or all four:
Two Sundays in the Afternoon:
Sunday, February 21st @ 2pm: Part 1 Sepphoris
Sunday, March 21st @ 2pm: Part 3 Alexandria
Two Wednesday Evenings:
Wednesday, March 10th 7pm: Part 2 Nazareth
Wednesday, March 31st @ 7pm: Part 4 Jerusalem & beyond
Please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link, or if you need a copy of the book. We will have copies available in the office.
Donations welcome up to $14 for your copy.