Lent: Preparing the Soil

by admin on February 21, 2012

The Well at Springfield 32206

As followers of Jesus, it is the time of year that we journey to the cross and prepare to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. We do this because we cannot know the gift of new life until we recognize our need for it. From the earliest of times, the focus of Lent was on preparation for baptism and later on the renewal of one’s baptism. It has involved self-examination, prayer, fasting, and the taking on of new behaviors. These things were not meant to be done as empty ritual, but rather to lead us into deeper conversion. In a way, Lent is the time we prepare the soil for new growth. It is a season of preparing our minds, hearts and spirits to experience new life through Christ.

As a faith community, there are several ways we will journey together through the season of Lent. Through a variety of gatherings (listed below), it is our hope that we will enter more fully into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Ash Wednesday: February 22nd, 7 pm
A brief gathering to mark the beginning of our Lenten journey with space for reflection, prayer and meditation on scripture.

Sundays During Lent:

Sunday Service with St. John’s Lutheran, February 26th, 10 a.m.-Noon  (a morning of service in the Springfield community)

Sunday morning worship at City Kidz Event Center, March 4th, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday morning worship at City Kidz Event Center, March 18th, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Service with St. John’s Lutheran, March 25th, 10 a.m.-Noon

Palm Sunday morning worship at City Kidz Event Center, April 1st, 10:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday morning worship at City Kidz Event Center, April 8th, 10:30 a.m.

Dinner Gatherings During Lent

Weekly evening gatherings for dinner and scripture exploration will happen in various Well participant homes and other community spaces beginning Thursday evening, March 1st at 6 pm. See our calendar for host contact information. During Lent, we will explore the habits and practices that help us live more deeply.

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