What’s Taking Root at Common Ground During Lent

Whenever I hear the word “Lent,” I immediately hear the voice of Andy Williams singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. I know that’s weird, but it’s true. I love the season of Lent. I crave the quiet introspection and deep intentionality that this season inspires within me. Lent lasts for forty days, and because Common Ground will meet right after Ash Wednesday, we will share four dinners together during this season. Our Lenten journey will culminate in a joint dinner and worship service on Maundy Thursday with all of First Churches. As we move through the season we will be reading from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead:

February 18: Ash Wednesday

Noon to 1:00 PM
Ashes to Go on the church steps.

4:30 PM
Outdoor Service
with Cathedral in the Night

6:00-6:30 PM
Ash Wednesday Meditation in Lyman Hall
Church Council meeting to follow at 7:00 PM
(You’re welcome to bring a bagged dinner and stay. We will be evaluating Common Ground’s progress and discussing the future of the associate pastor’s position at this council meeting. All are welcome to attend).

February 19
Common Ground
Matthew 5:1-16
As we move into this season of repentance and preparation, we’ll be handling and reflecting upon some of the symbols that recur throughout Lent, including sackcloth and ashes, salt, and light.

March 5
Common Ground
Mathew 5:17 – 6:1-18
Holiness comes from within. Over dinner we’ll be connecting our inner and outer lives, and connecting the work we are called to do on our souls to the work we are called to do in the world.

March 19
Common Ground
Mathew 6:19-7:12
Worry. Anxiety. Judgment. Need I say more? We’ll be digging deep into the roots of these all-too-human states of mind and listening to Jesus for a different way to be in the world.

April 2
Maundy Thursday
Common Ground

More information to come, but this promises to be a deeply moving experience as we share dinner and a Tenebrae-style worship with all of First Churches.

April 5 Easter
10:00 am
All are welcome to join us for worship.

April 16
Common Ground
Matthew 7:13-29
We’ll be talking about faith. Is faith simply a matter of what you believe, or is it more about how you commit yourself to behaving in the world? What sort of faith commitment is Jesus calling you to consider?