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Lent Sermon Series and Reflection Questions

During the season of Lent, we remember that God chose us by sending his son, Jesus. Jesus suffered, died, and rose again to save us. We remember the cross, the crown of thorns, and the nails and we pause and listen for the words God has spoken: I did this for you! I chose you!
 
Check back each week for reflection questions to guide your Lenten experience. All are invited to Tuesday morning Bible Study at 9 a.m. to respond to the reflection questions with Pastor Gary Liker and other members of the weekly study group. 
 
What is Lent?
Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Saturday, the evening before Easter. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to  realign our lives and focus toward God.
 
 

Lent Video Devotional: Surprise the World! 

In addition to our Lent worship series, we will be taking on some intentional practices of being generous, hospitable, Spirit-led Christ-like missional people that surprise the world. Throughout Lent, we will share a new video and discussion questions introducing these practices, based on Michael Frost’s book Surprise the World: Five Habits of Highly Missional People. You can also dig in deeper by participating in Grace’s “Surprise the World” small group which meets on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. starting February 15.  If you would like more information please contact Andrea Langhoff at andreaatgrace@tds.net
 
“Did you know that the early Christian movement was rather scandalous? It broke many of the social mores of the day. Jews hung out with Gentiles. Women were involved in leadership!” Christianity is a surprising religion. It has changed the world in remarkable ways throughout history simply through Christians living out their faith. Rev. Cindy Gregorson, director of ministries for the Minnesota Annual Conference, introduces us to the Lenten study video series. Each week, a new video will guide us to explore a habit that can help us “surprise the world”. After you watch the video chat with a friend about someone from your past that had faith that you looked up to, and answer what was it about the way they lived that stood out to you.
 
“As God’s people, Christ followers, we have been created to bless…through words of affirmation, acts of kindness, and generosity,” Rev. Cynthia Williams, River Valley District superintendent. Over this Lenten season, we’re invited to cultivate this habit by blessing three people each week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church. Will you join our small group by accepting this challenge? Ponder what it might look like for you, if you developed this habit of blessing. What might it look like for our church if most people shared this habit?