We need a BIG Idea for the coming season of Lent (and the Holy Week to follow) and you might just be the one to find it!
We’re going looking on Zoom, Sunday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30pm and would love you to be there to help us.
Join us as we contemplate all that is happening in our world and with our church. In this context, we’ll read through the appointed focus texts and wonder together how God might be speaking to us in particular ways during the 40 days that lead us towards the coming Easter Event.
It’s not required, but if you want to do some contemplation on your own, here are the six texts we’ll be reading:
- Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday – Jesus Turns to Jerusalem Luke 9:51-62
- Feb. 21: Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-42
- Feb. 28: Lament over Jerusalem Luke 13:1-9, 31-35
- Mar. 7: Lost Sheep, Coin, Son Luke 15:1-32
- Mar. 14: Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-31
- Mar. 21: Zacchaeus Luke 18:31-19:10
Once we’ve explored each of the texts, we look for a thread that might be running through them that speaks to our experience in this time. We ask if there is a theme emerging that might uncover something our community of faith should engage more deeply. Our goal is to find a concept or phrase that points to this theme. This is the BIG Idea we’re looking for.
Then we hand the very basic skeleton of the BIG Idea to the Creative Arts Team (CAT) and they brainstorm all the ways the various parts of our ministries might be shaped during this time. Worship and Faith Formation take many of their cues from the BIG Idea but so can other aspects of our life together. It all depends on how the BIG Idea inspires the CAT and the work that follows as a result.
The CAT will meet on Zoom at 7:00pm on Thursday, Jan. 21.
All who are interested in developing the variety of creative elements for our life together are welcome to participate on the CAT. Part brainstorming, part strategic planning, CAT meetings are really energizing and fun. Come with your ideas, leave with an assignment or two.
If you can’t participate in the BIG Idea or the Creative Arts Teams this time around, don’t worry there will be another set of opportunities coming up quickly when we turn our sights on the coming Lent and Easter seasons. If you have any questions (or a great idea to pass along), just contact Pastor Peter.