This past Sunday was the best attended service at Lectio since early September, and the sixth consecutive Sunday when we increased in attendance. Thank you for your support! The season of Lent, a 40 day spiritual journey to grow as disciples of Christ, begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. I wanted to give everyone an idea of the material we will be covering in the Chapel during Lent at 9:00. The Sanctuary services at Custer Road (9:00 and 10:30) will feature the series "Making a Messiah," an intimate exploration of Jesus' passion.
As a reminder, worship at Lectio follows a different pattern and emphasis than many other services. We do not have a choir or special anthems and soloists; we sing hymns at the beginning and end, and there are special piano pieces offered by our very gifted Xiao Wang, a doctoral student in piano at UNT. We read all four lectionary texts each Sunday, and the sermons, which have a strong teaching emphasis, are based on those texts-- often seeking a common theme. The readings and sermons are weighted toward the beginning of the service. Everything else follows the sermon, so they are framed as a response to the message:
- Confession and Pardon
- Intercessory Prayer
- The Lord's Supper
We'd love to see you at Lectio, but if you worship in the Sanctuary or elsewhere you are invited to use these texts on your own throughout Lent as a guide for your path.
First Sunday of Lent: February 14
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Second Sunday of Lent: February 21
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Third Sunday of Lent: February 28
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Fourth Sunday of Lent: March 5
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Fifth Sunday of Lent: March 12
Sixth Sunday of Lent: Palm/Passion Sunday March 19
Liturgy of the Palms: Luke 19:28-40, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Liturgy of the Passion:
Ask yourself: What is Jesus calling me to do-- or to become? How can my life, and the lives of others, be changed by increasing my commitment to Christ?