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Lent at Christ Presbyterian Church
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Early in his gospel, Matthew insists that in Jesus the Kingdom of Heaven has come near. But what does this mean? It can be tempting to think about heaven as a place that is far away and out of reach, the place where we will be with God in eternity. It may even be tempting to gloss over the line where we pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth, as it is in heaven. But Matthew’s Jesus is eager for the community of faith to work alongside him to usher in God’s kingdom here and now.
Throughout the season of Lent, the Sunday texts will highlight Jesus’ preaching about everyday, down-to-earth concerns such as forgiveness, hospitality, generosity, and noticing and caring for the least of these. On Wednesdays, the readings and prayers reflect more specifically on the Lord’s Prayer itself and what it is exactly that Jesus calls the community to pray for.
You are invited to pray and reflect throughout the season, through midday prayer on Wednesdays using Facebook live, Wednesday evening prayer, and worship on Sunday mornings.
Weekly Lenten Readings
|1||Matt. 18:15-35||Matt. 6:9|
|2||Matt. 20:1-16||Matt. 6:10|
|3||Matt. 22:1-14||Matt. 6:11|
|4||Matt. 25:1-13||Matt. 6:12|
|5||Matt. 25:31-46||Matt. 6:13|
2019 Worship + Activity Schedule:
Download/Print the complete Lenten calendar, including weekly readings
Learning through Lent
Lettering Workshop: Join us for two Wednesday evening sessions to learn how to put the Lord’s Prayer on a canvas in fabulous calligraphy! The class will be taught March 13 and 27 by Emma Cartisano. Check out her work on Facebook: “Meraki Letters & Design.” Email Myra Gons for additional information or to sign-up.
Reading the Psalms through Lent and Beyond: This series will consider the psalms through the lens of Lent, and our exploration will focus less on the types of poems we find in this anthology than on the role that the psalms can play in the life of faith—both individually and as a covenant community. Series dates – 3/10, 3/17, 3/24 from 9:30AM-10:30AM
Brian is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Messiah College.