A Lenten Journey Through Paul's Captivity Letters:
A Study focused on Phillipians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Titus.
At Bev Lugo's House
Wednesdays during Lent at 6:00pm
call or email Bev for questions and directions
Dessert and Discussion
A Study focused on Jesus' summary of the Law.
At Rev. Karen's house
Monday Nights (starting March 2nd) at 6:30pm
call or email Karen with questions and for directions
On the walls of Grace Church this Lenten season are six large canvases. Each is covered with newspaper and features the silhouette of a bird on a branch . As we hear the story of Noah and the great flood, we remember the bird and the branch. And the covenant God made to "put his bow in the clouds", that is, to set aside violence against God's people. It is the first covenant between God and the earth and it is the first covenant story of five that are proclaimed during Lent. The waters of the great flood receded and a rainbow encircled the earth. And the first "outward and visible sign" of the earth living into God’s promise, unnoticed by most, was a nest, built by the bird who left the ark and did not return.
So this year, during the prayer of confession (a time when we struggle to find our way) everyone is invited to write their prayers on colorful strips of paper and using these, to build nests on the branches on the walls. We are, like Jesus, praying for the discernment to find our place in the world. We are seeking our particular place of enough safety, nurture and promise so we may grow in wisdom and grace until our hearts are full enough and our souls are strong enough to take flight, the way the Creator intended.
To do that we may need to change, to move, to let go of obstacles and obstructions. We may need to explore new places, try new things. Maybe we just need to sit quietly. Like that bird long ago who grasped the first promise of light and life, we strive to move more fully into that particular place of grace and promise that is ours alone. Like Jesus in the wilderness, we claim the promises, the covenants of God and seek to find our most authentic response.