Lent Prayer Station: How Has God Comforted You?

posted Feb 28, 2020, 6:36 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Grace and peace to you in this season of Lent!

This Sunday when you enter the sanctuary you will notice something different. You will see a Lent Prayer Station. This is a concept designed by Erica Schemper and it is called Lent Prayer Stations: Walking with Jesus through the Psalms

Each week during Lent there will be an activity for you to engage at the station based on the Psalm for that Sunday. There is also a meditation piece and then a focus question. This week’s prayer station focuses on Psalm 32 and the centering question is “How has God comforted you?” You are invited to come early to worship, stay after worship, or visit during the week and sit at the table, read the meditation, reflect, pray, and then answer the question. The table will change on Fridays to reflect the Psalm for the coming Sunday. In addition, my sermon each Sunday will be based on the centering question for the week so we can fully engage the Psalm together as a congregation. 

As I said at our Ash Wednesday worship, Lent is not necessarily a time of self-negation, but more a season to look inward, and clean out the spiritual clutter. Lent is a time to go deep with God and to listen to God’s son, Jesus. It’s an opportunity to walk with Jesus as he travels among the people during his last forty days; to listen to him; to learn from the parables he taught; and, yes, to sometimes be challenged by him, as see our own human frailty in his very real humanity. It’s a moment that if we’ve been feeling far away from God to return to God, to reorient our priorities, re-aim the direction of our life, return to the path we once followed because of what God is like — a God who so loved and loves the world that God sent Jesus to show us how to live. The Worship Committee and I are hoping the prayer station will be a space for you to experience all of these things, and that it also will be a moment of calm and quiet during your Lenten journey as you travel with Jesus into the wilderness, to the cross, and eventually to his resurrection.

I look forward to welcoming you to God’s house this Sunday at 10:30 AM. Our Joyful Noise Adult Choir will sing the anthem, “Lamb of God.” I will be preaching from Psalm 32 and Matthew 4.1-11 and my sermon title is How Has God Comforted You? We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper together at God’s wide-open table of grace. After worship, we will have our First Sunday brunch in the Education Building. A free will offering will be taken to support the ministries of the church.

Beloved, Lent conjures up different emotions for many people. As you sit at the prayer station, I pray you will view Lent as a journey of being human, of being vulnerable, of lamenting, of listening, but more than that, I hope you experience Lent as a journey of love. Thanks be to God.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your Pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish

PS: A very special thank you to Dot Bradley for her creative vision in designing the prayer station.