What does it look like to be alive in Christ, and dead to sin? To not let sin rule our bodies? To become slaves of righteousness? How does Jesus on the cross help us do that? How does the cross of Jesus bring life from death? This Lent we are considering how we find life through death. We are laying at the foot of the cross parts of ourselves so that we might be filled up with Christ. We are bearing our suffering to Christ. We suffer with Christ and are crucified with Christ, so that we can also be raised with Christ. We are also observing signs of life through death around us, and encouraging one another, as a reminder that death has been conquered.


Lent in your Cell

February 17 to April 3
In cells

Each of our daily prayer entries during Lent will have a dialogue and prayer section that could be suitable for a cell or family time of mutual encouragement and development. Maybe some cells or other constellations of people will choose to gather each day to pray and dialogue. That would be a great discipline for Lent! 


Making an Altar during Lent

We have a very participatory season, including two features that we need your help to pull off.

First, the altar: One of our practices during Lent is creating an altar together, so that we can extend the meeting through the week, especially during this disparate time. It is designed to be: made of common household items, accessible to adults and children, and also be something that people can join in to even if they missed previous weeks. It does two things:

  1. We are transforming objects that might mean death into signs of life.
  2. We are offering them to Christ at the foot of the cross, so that what we are offering might be filled with something new.

To make one, take a piece of paper and fold it into six sections. You could also use six index cards or six pieces of paper. Each week, during worship we’ll name the thing that goes in the section. For this week, you’ll be using something you were going to throw away. The schedule follows below:

  • Week 2 – Something fragile.
  • Week 3 – Something that was repaired or needs to be repaired
  • Week 4 – Something you use for a different purpose than it was intended for.
  • Week 5 – Something you don’t like.
  • Week 6 – Something that can hold something else.
  • When you create your altar, reply to this post with it, or share on your social media feed using the hashtag #lifethroughdeath.

Second, images of life overcoming death: Also, for the next six Sunday meetings of the Lenten season we’re looking for signs of life through death, signs of life overcoming. We want to showcase the triumph of life in a season of death. We want to present them in a slideshow after we observe communion each Sunday. Send your photos of things that express life overcoming death to [email protected].


Daily Prayer during Lent

Each of our daily prayer entries during Lent will have a dialogue and prayer section that could be suitable for a cell or family time of mutual encouragement and development. Maybe some cells or other constellations of people will choose to gather each day to pray and dialogue. That would be a great discipline for Lent!

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