(Pastor Diane’s favorite Lenten journey)
“The essence of Lent Madness [is] allowing people to get to know some amazing people who have come before us in the faith and reminding one another that there’s no reason for a dreary Lent. If this helps people connect with the risen Christ during this season of penitence and renewal, and have a bit of fun in the process, then it continues to be worthwhile.”
“The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket [in the spirit of March Madness]. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds with quotes, quirks and legends; and even explores the area of saintly kitsch.” To join in this Spirit-filled discipline, check out lentmadness.org (you can subscribe to the daily posts there).
A Lenten Bible Study
with Revs. Bill Coop & Bob Beringer
“There is a potent connection between Jesus and the prophets. The prophets communicated the word of God; Jesus is the Word of God. The prophets predicted the coming of the prince of peace; Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Not only did Jesus continue the prophetic ministry, he is the fulfillment of the prophetic mission.”
Each week, please join us after worship for conversation around the devotional Jesus & the Prophets, Presbyterian’s Today Lenten Devotional. Copies are available at the back of the sanctuary and daily, https://www.presbyterianmission.org/today/
One Great Hour of Sharing
An Ecumenical Lent Special Offering
The church is happening right now, all around us because we share Christ’s love. When a disaster strikes, people give, volunteer, and pray so that those impacted receive help and hope, this is church. When poverty and violence cause hunger and people join together to respond to the need and address its root causes, this is church. When injustice falls on those who are vulnerable and people join hands with one another and lift their voices against the interests of power, this is church.
A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. Received during the season of Lent, One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. One Great Hour of Sharing will be received on Palm Sunday, March 25.