This month, as we enter into our 40-day pilgrimage of Lent, we will Learn to Rise. Hearing stories throughout the Lenten season where Jesus foretells of his death and resurrection, we have the opportunity to journey in contemplation of death and resurrection in our lives. To what do you need to die so that you might fully live in Christ? What practices, habits, ideas, relationships do you need to set down so that you can rise and follow Jesus more fully?
As a community this past year, we have identified that white supremacy is something that keeps us from fully rising with Christ. Therefore, in our devotions and Wednesday night worship during Lent, we will be focusing on learning about the 14 principles of white supremacy, confessing their hold on our individual and communal lives, and taking on practices that might help us to loosen their hold on us. (You can check them out at this website if you’d like to study ahead: https://tinyurl.com/y2yj6eng)
Like we did in Advent, our Wednesday night Lenten worship, Rising Together, will be via zoom. This gives us the opportunity to see others and worship together in real time - to confess together, to pray together, to hear God’s word of hope for us together, while also keeping everyone safe. One of the evils of White Supremacy is that it makes us believe we are on our own. By worshiping together, via zoom, we have the opportunity to be reminded that we are, indeed, Rising Together. Therefore, I highly encourage you to join us via the zoom link for worship. If you have to miss a night or two or cannot join us in the zoom room for one reason or another, it will also be livestreamed and you can view it at a later time.
Blessings upon you - and upon our whole community - as we Learn to Rise during this season of Lent. I am grateful to learn - and rise with Christ - alongside you all.