Spring Is Coming: Lent at First Baptist on Fifth
Each year, the rhythms of the Christian year create for us a space for reflection and repentance called Lent. You likely know Lent to be the time when we give things up, when we go with Jesus into the stark and lonely desert, when we sink with him into the darkness of the cross. For many of us, Lent prompts us to face the grim and gritty realities of this life.
But if our observance of Lent is only a 40-day stretch to solemnly grit one’s teeth and bear the heaviness, something profoundly life-giving is missed. The word ‘Lent’ comes from the old English word ‘lencten,’ which means ‘spring season’ or ‘lengthening.’ In the very language we use to name this time, we’re reminded of the ‘why’ of Lent. For as we smudge ashes on our heads, we remember the new life that is promised. As we cleanse our hearts, we remember that abundance awaits. As we prepare for Jesus’s death, we remember his resurrection.
This year, Lent at First Baptist on Fifth will call us to be attentive to how God’s spring is coming right here in our midst. Individually and communally, throughout all the rhythms of our life together, we will call to the forefront of our minds and hearts God’s new creation for this world. Like the plant that peeks forth from the soil after a hard winter, like the smell of possibility that dawns with the morning after a long rainy night, like the spirit of renewal cultivated after letting go, this Lent we’re focusing our attention on what is breaking through, showing forth, being born.
Friends, spring is coming!
Ash Wednesday, March 6
Isaiah 58:1-12
“Restoration Is Coming”
Sunday, March 10
Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Luke 4:1-13
“Abundance Is Coming”
Sunday, March 17
Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27
“Refuge is Coming”
Sunday, March 24
Isaiah 55:1-9, Luke 13:1-9
“Nourishment Is Coming”
Sunday, March 31
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
“Reconciliation Is Coming”
Sunday, April 7
Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8

“Newness is Coming”

Palm Sunday, April 14
Luke 19:28-40, Philippians 2:5-11
“Joy is Coming”
Easter Sunday, April 21
Isaiah 65:17-25, Luke 24:1-12
“A New Creation”

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