Lent 2016

The season of Lent, much like Advent, is a time when the church around the world enters a season of preparation. During this particular season, we begin to focus on life and death of Jesus as we wait to gather on Good Friday. A common practice is to spend time repenting and focusing inward on our own sin and how we have fallen short of the glory of God. Often times this can be a deeply depressing season as we contemplate the many ways in which we fail to do what the Lord commands of us. This has been our approach to Lent over the past three years in which we have been observing a Lenten series as a church.

However, we are also anticipating the greatest news in the history of the world - the Tomb is empty! We were left with a job of going out and telling the world about this Risen Savior. In light of this lenten season, and the Resurrection, we will be preparing a little differently than we have in years past. This year we will be focusing on what it means to be “Knit Together”.

“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicean and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” - Colossians 2:1-3

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One of the things the Apostle Paul encourages the church at Colossae is to be “knit together in love”. Over the next seven weeks, we will be examining what it will look like for Missio Dei Church to be knit together as brothers and sisters in Christ as we prepare to go out and share the Good News of our Risen Savior and look forward to celebrating on Resurrection Sunday.

The format for this time together will also look a little bit different than in years past. We will still be gathering for a meal before we enter a time of worship and study. However, in stead sitting through “another sermon” we will be reading from some of the “one another” statements used throughout Scripture. We will spend some time learning about what the passage means and then spending time trying to flesh out how that applies to our lives and impacts our proclamation of the Gospel message to our family, friends, neighbors, and beyond.

Over the seven weeks here is what we will be walking through as we are knit together:

 

 Date

 Scripture

 Title 

 Notes

 February 10   Game On!   Ash Wednesday
 (no meal)
 February 17  Romans 15:1-7 Welcome One Another   RSVP for meal
 February 24  1 Thess. 5:25  Pray for One Another  RSVP for meal
 Camiolas Sharing
 March 2  1 Thess 5:11
 Hebrews 13:3
 Encourage One Another  RSVP for meal
 March 9  Romans 13:8  Love One Another  RSVP for meal
 March 16  Galatians 5:13  Serve One Another  RSVP for meal
 March 25  Colossians 3:13
 Luke 23:32-34
 Forgive One Another  Good Friday
 (no meal)

 

We look forward to preparing with you during lent and we look forward to how God will knit us together to help us share the Good News effectively for His Glory!