We begin Lent with the familiar story of Jesus facing temptation in the wilderness. While we may perceive this experience of Jesus in spiritual terms, being tempted to perform a magic trick, whisked away to see the kingdoms of the world, and then placed at the pinnacle of the temple, these are very human temptations Jesus faces. Jesus was fully human and fully divine, and in his humanness, he may have questioned where was God while he was facing all of this.
While he was famished in the wilderness. Where was God when his people were oppressed by the Romans? Where was God when he needed his basic needs met? But Jesus does not test God, does not demand God prove they exist. Instead, Jesus faces his own temptations, and the devil leaves him.
Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness. He is challenged to turn stones into food, to jump from the top of the temple, and to gain all the world’s wealth and glory by bowing to the tempter. But, he resists, using God’s word as his guide.
Gracious God, we know we are not always so graceful. We stumble over each other. We barely can see beyond the log in our own eye but are quick to jab at the splinters in others. We fumble with forgiveness and blunder our apologies.
Gracious God, help us to be more graceful: with each other and with ourselves, and to extend Your wonderful grace to the world. Amen.
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers: Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King,
Ron Lohman, Jeff Kaiser
Th e Way – Friday, March 8 @ 7pm
The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on, is the profound impact the journey will have on him…
Ecumenical Lenten Study
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43: 19
“The Way: You Don’t Choose a Life, You Live a Life” – Lent is a time of reflection and there’s nothing like a pilgrimage to conjure that up. Inspired by passages in the scriptures that talk about the journeys, roads and pathways of life, we will make our “way” together through this poignant season. The movie “The Way” accompanies us as our modern-day inspiration to live the life we’ve been given to the fullest.
The Wandering Way
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. – Luke 4:1-2
After Jesus’ baptism, he went on a pilgrimage into the wilderness. A common practice among spiritual leaders of his day, this was a time to dig deep into the humanity of his soul. Along the way he encounters what we all encounter along the paths of life-temptations to stray from the path that God has intended for us. But “all who wander are not lost”-for it is in the wandering that we find our true selves.