Lent 2022: Good Enough
We’ll celebrate our creative talent with an Open Mic Night on March 1 at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
At the open mic night,
You will be,
Astounded by all the talent,
And treated musically,
By your church,
Free-versing and such,
Some original poems,
Some from Frost, Gorman, and such.
While this poem may stink,
May it serve as an invitational letter,
For you to come out,
And offer something better.
Ash Wednesday: Jesus used the word “hypocrite” to describe those who put on airs in public to make people believe that they were holy, that their religious practice was… well… perfect. But their hearts were actually not in the practice, rather in the rewards that public approval could bring them–which is here today, often gone tomorrow. Sometimes it is life itself that robs us of the shiny, perfect life that we had planned for ourselves. A diagnosis. A broken heart. A lost opportunity. This Lent, rather than change for “the best,” we’ll seek to gain momentum one day at a time, “to reach for a faith that is never perfect, but good enough”
We’ll be giving away 25 copies of the Lenten Devotional book Good Enough by Kate Bowler and Jessica Ritchie, who were recently featured on Good Morning America! As well as our My Sunday sermon notebook.
This worship will be in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary and livestreamed. We’ll have the imposition of ashes, which is our tradition.
Good Enough: Lent 2022
Each Sunday in Lent, we’ll talk about how we live in a culture bent on definitions of a good life as continuous upward mobility–climbing ladders of prosperity with increasingly fabulous experiences that we can post to ever-more-likable social media accounts.
We may comb the shelves of the self-help section in search of just the right formula to gain success. Perhaps we even gravitate towards spiritual leaders who promise great rewards if we only do “the right thing.”
But life happens, right?
Most times we are not moving upward but trying to repair the rung we’ve just slipped from. So what if we stopped climbing and started fertilizing, watering, and blooming right where we find ourselves?
Welcome to a Lent of affirming a faith in which we are blessed, regardless, and where we can lean into embracing our “good enough” lives.
We’ll meet and discuss Kate Bowler’s Book Good Enough Wednesday Nights at 7 p.m. in the New Library. Come on out!