Lent, the 40 day season extending from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, is a
season of both fasting and feasting, of both deep joy and yet honest lament. During
these weeks we become especially mindful of the sinfulness that alienates us from
God, indeed, of the human evil that nailed Jesus to those rough beams. And this
we lament with sadness. At the same time we understand that by his death Jesus
secured for us forgiveness and eternal life. Lent is sobering, but it leads to Easter!
Listening for Lent
Hearing is the first sense we develop and the last to go in death. But listening is not a natural capacity. The Bible is clear on this point. We do not automatically listen to God, others, or even ourselves. This Lenten season, we hope to really learn to listen—to God, to others, to our world and to ourselves for our transformation and for the sake of mission. Below is the schedule of teachings for Lent, along with links that will lead you to a corresponding formational practice for each week.
2.26.17 — A Listening Life (Mark 4:1-20)
3.5.17 — The God Who Listens (Mark 10:46-52)
3.12.17 — Listening to God (1 Samuel 3:1-19)
3.19.17 — Listening through Scripture
3.26.17 — Listening to Others (Luke 24:13-35)
4.2.17 — Listening to Creation
4.9.17 — Listening to Your Life