All In Person Meetings Are Cancelled (Except AA)
A Message from Pastor Lagos-Fonseca
This Lent is not the season we anticipated. It seems that social distancing has become the fast we must practice. It has been forced upon us. We must fast from each other, fast from the Body of Christ. This virus has hit at the core of who we are. It has hijacked our social nature. We cannot embrace, we cannot shake hands, and we cannot enjoy the closeness of each other and community. This is so unnatural. However, the paradox is that we must fast from the Body of Christ in order to protect it.
It feels so unnatural not to be able to go to work or restaurants or places where we have fun, play, and connect with each other. We cannot even go to certain trails for fear that they would be crowded and thus expose us to contagion. This is the fast we must practice. Maybe we could use this time staying at home as a time of retreat with extra time for prayer or Scripture reading. Maybe this time of separation into the “wilderness,” could help us appreciate even more our connectedness and dependence on one another. Maybe this Lenten season could be taken as a sort of sacrifice we must go through in order to arrive at Easter with a hunger and thirst for each other’s presence and the body of Christ.
This pandemic has brought suffering , isolation, death, giving up, and quarantine (this word means about 40, in French, and its Latin origin, "quadraginta," is the root of Latin words for Lent. 40 days … in the desert.) These are penitential qualities symbolic of Lent's spiritual practice of self-denial. Maybe we must go through the temptations of panic, pessimism, fear, and anxiety. We must wrestle with demons within and without that poison our spirits telling us that we must run for cover and hoard and stockpile everything under the sun for there won’t be enough for everybody. Or the demons that tell us that we must disregard sound science and medical advice and engage in inherently risky behavior, presuming that God will still protect us.
Maybe this is the time to examine ourselves more deeply (we have plenty of time to do this now) and do some spring-cleaning of the soul. Maybe this is the season to stop business as usual and to look for meaning and purpose with a new sense of attention and urgency. Let us use this unusual time wisely.
In Christ's service and yours.
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RESET study for Lent
Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm
March 3 - April 1
Why Easter Matters
As Christians, we often find ourselves resisting God. This was true of people even during Jesus’ lifetime. This study explores the lives of some of these individuals and reveals how the story of Easter became real to them when they found themselves caught up in Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
The stories of these men and women who were present in the greatest story ever known-the story of Easter-give us great insights into our own relationship toward God. They reveal the attitudes of our hearts and compel us to truly consider why Easter matters and the effect it has on our lives. Sessions include: -The High Cost of Following Christ (John 12:25) -The Risk of Surrendering to God (Matthew 19:27) -The God Who Can Be Trusted (Luke 23:39-41) -The Foundation of Our Faith (Acts 1:8).
The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life
How do we walk with Christ--daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? In the Gospels, Jesus modeled for us the Christian spiritual life. The apostles taught it in their writings. And the Church has, through the last 2,000 years, sought to pursue this Christian spiritual life.
In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus' own walk with God. Deepen your walk with Christ as we explore the five essential practices of worship, study, serving, giving, and bearing witness to our faith.
This is a great foundational starting point for anyone looking to grow in their faith.