Journey Through Lent with Aldersgate Church
About Lent and Easter 2021 by Adele Halliday and Suzanne L. Vinson
The Season of Lent – stretching from Ash Wednesday to just before Easter Sunday – is a six-week journey and preparation for the celebration of Easter. This year’s season is explored through the lenses of the gospels of Mark and John. On this path to Jerusalem, we also travel with our ancestors in the faith – Noah, Sarah and Abraham, psalm writers, and Jeremiah, and explore themes of life, love, community, and remembering.
Two strong threads weave through this Season of Lent: caring for God’s creation and working towards justice in the world. Lent is a time to re-orient towards God, and care for one another and Earth! It is a time when people might give something up. Perhaps, this year we might take something on – such as a commitment to care for Earth or to advocate for justice. The celebration of Easter Day could be a celebration of making a better world.
Planning for the Season of Easter brings the spirit of Easter into the now. Gardening and growth and new life are explored; we listen through doubt and anticipation. We imagine the early church gathering together, trying to figure out how to be a part of the movement of God. We ponder how we are to be a part of the movement of God. Easter comes, again and again, offering us a chance to ask these questions and discover the answers that unfold like blooms. How then do we live? How then do we die?
Eastertide is remembered in the way we spent the previous Easter, and we will remember how the world paused to care for one another through the health crisis of Covid-19. “How then do we live?”
We are called to live as the Body of Christ, offering ripples of love, kindness, care, and support to those who need God’s love the most. And we all need God’s love
Lenten Mailing – Please email the church office at email@example.com to be added to our mailing list.
Pastor Wongee’s Lenten Letter, AUMC Lenten letter 2021
Living the Seasons at Home – Lent Devotional, Living the Seasons at Home-le2021
Praying in Color Lent Calendar (youth), Praying in Color Lent Calendars
Lenten Book Study – May It Be So, Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer by Justin McRoberts & Scott Erickson
This book study consists of daily prayers, each paired with a contemplative image for you to reflect and pray on your own daily during the 40 days of Lent. We will be offering weekly gatherings on Zoom on Wednesday mornings where we will focus on one phrase in the Lord’s prayer and share our thoughts and pra
yers from that week’s images and prayers. You are welcome to join us for one gathering or all or as many as you are able. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link. This study has been created to be accessible for all.
The authors state the following about their book…‘This book is a piece of art. This book is an act of love. This book is a resource. This book is designed to stir, inform, and inspire you. This book is not “content.” The ongoing conversation between you and God is content.’
The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9-13.
|Feb. 17th||Before You Begin / Our Father In Heaven / Prayers 1-11|
|Feb. 24th||Hallowed Be Your Name / Prayers 12-17|
|March 3rd||On Earth As It Is In Heaven / Prayers 18-23|
|March 10th||Give Us Today Our Daily Bread / Prayers 24-29|
|March 17th||Forgive Us Our Debts, As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors / Prayers 30-34|
|March 24th||Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From The Evil One / Prayers 35-40|
|March 31st||For Yours Is The Kingdom And The Power And The Glory Forever|
Lenten Midweek Pause Series – Congregation Conversations and Justice Placards
Jesus had a strong message of inclusivity and welcomed people others rejected. In Jesus’ processional into the city of Jerusalem, there were people present who others had excluded. The parade into Jerusalem was also a form of protest against injustice.
During lent, we will be hearing stories from members of our congregation on ways people are advocating/working/living toward a better world through our midweek pause videos. Please reflect on some forms of injustice in our community and around the world. How might God be calling us to challenge that injustice and work towards change? What message of inclusivity might Jesus embrace?
We invite you to create a community placard with a slogan or catchphrase with actions or ideas for a better world. We will be using these at our Palm Sunday Drive Thru, March 28th at 1pm and online throughout Holy Week. The placards can be as creative or simple as you desire.