Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love. This Lent, we welcome you to the journey. Our theme for our Sunday morning worship this year during the season of Lent is “Wilderness.” Through art, poetry, drama, liturgy and music we will worship good in the wilderness. Join us every Sunday as we prepare for Holy Week and then Easter.
Thursdays in Lent: Soup & Mr. Rogers – CANCELED
Please join us Thursday evenings from March 5 – April 2 for our Lent soup and worship. We gather at 6:30 pm in the Community Hall of Maple Leaf Lutheran for a simple supper of soup and bread. Please sign up in the back of the sanctuary to bring bread or soup. From 7:00 to 7:30 pm we will have a brief worship service, singing together the always popular Holden Evening Prayer liturgy and hear a “Faith Lessons from Mr. Rogers” devotional. Embrace one of Mr. Rogers lessons: Community is important and make these Thursday evenings a priority for you and your family.
Lent Devotional Booklet: Wilderness 2020
In the wilderness our faith is born, nurtured, challenged, and resurrected. This Lent, journey through the wilderness with our devotional booklet. Beginning with Ash Wednesday (Feb 26) and ending with Easter Sunday (April 12,) this devotional includes art, poetry, prompts, and reﬂections inspired by the Lenten lectionary scriptures (year A) and the theme, Wilderness. This booklet is great for older youth and adults of all ages—and especially for those who are hungry for readings and prompts to dig into each week. Please pick up your free devotional booklet in the narthex at church.