Seven Practices for Lent

We invite you to create your own Lenten journey in a reflective, responsive way that brings you closer to God and allows you to listen to what God is calling you to do in your life. 

1.) Create a Lent altar, a sacred space, at home. On the altar place a candle, a stone, sand, and a cross. Lighting a candle is an intentional way of pausing, of moving aside from your daily life into a place of inviting spiritual awakening.

Stones are found in many places in the Bible; stones would be placed in a pile, and when people returned they would recall that what happened there was momentus. Each day, with an erasable marker, write a word on your stone— something that’s getting in your way, that’s tripping you up— and ask God to help remove this stone from your life… the same way that He rolled back the stone on Easter morning.

Each day let the sand sift through your fingers. Let it remind you that life is like shifting and sifting sand, and that like the grains of sand, you are a small piece of God’s kingdom, invited into this community.

And with the cross, a symbol that invites us in to a deeper relationship with God, ask God to show you the cross in a new way. 

Click here to view Rev. Rustin Comer’s sermon on “Pre-Lenting”.

2.) Participate in one of our Wednesday CORE Lent Classes.
There are two book studies on Atonement to choose from. Click here to read descriptions about each of these classes.

  Did God Kill Jesus?
Teachers: Rev. Rustin Comer and Dr. Ronald Troxel
Wednesdays, March 13-April 10
10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Colonnade
•   A Community Called Atonement
Teacher: Rev. Rustin Comer
Wednesdays, March 13-April 10
4:00 p.m., Colonnade

Or use one of these studies in a Lenten Study Small Group. Over the last 20 years WCC has hosted Lenten study groups. If you would like to join one of these smaller groups this Lent, sign up in Founders Hall, or contact Rustin Comer,
rcomer@wayzatacommunitychurch.org.

3.) Sign up to receive a daily devotion via email throughout Lent. Click here to register.

4.) Be in solidarity with the suffering. In the Bible this is called “almsgiving”— the act of giving to others as an act of virtue. Picture a homeless person holding out an empty bowl or cup. Place a bowl or cup on your altar, and every day for 30 seconds, ask God to show you all the people in your life who are holding out an empty bowl to you, needing you to experience acts of kindness towards them. Give money to a cause. Write to your congress person. Hand a few dollars to a person on the street corner. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or an organization that is important to you. 

5.) Commit to joining us in worship each Sunday through Lent (at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.) and hear our Lenten Sermon Series, Cross Words— The Seven Last Words of Jesus. Taking them one at a time through the season of Lent, we will ponder the meaning and importance of Jesus’ final words. We might consider these the dying words of Jesus giving us a glimpse into what may have mattered most to Him. Forgive… You will be with me… Behold… Forsaken… Thirst… Finished… I commit my spirit.

6.) View the Lenten Art Exhibit, The Seven Last Words of Christ. Through a generous loan from Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Wayzata Community Church Art & Design Committee curated an exhibit of beautiful spiritual artworks to parallel our Lenten Sermon Series journey. The exhibit in installed in the short hall outside of Founders Hall, and the Long Hall by the reception desk and the Chapel.

7.) Join us for Holy Week worship. Click here to read more about Holy Week.
Holy Wednesday, 
April 17, 5:15 p.m. Community Meal & 6:30 p.m. Worship, Mithun Hall
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae with Communion, April 18, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Good Friday Experiential Worship, April 19, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

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