This Lent, we’re trying something we haven’t tried before in our sermons, and that is that is this Lent, Rev. Kate, Pastor Mary and I are all going to be sticking to one theme.
Instead of jumping around from message to message or preaching on very different unrelated themes, this Lent – over the next five Sundays – we’ll be taking our time unpacking one theme.
Even though it’s one theme, you’ll be getting three very different takes on this theme, because Kate, Mary and I all have different perspectives on it. But we thought we’d look at this one theme over the season of Lent, because we think it’s an important topic to take a good look at, one that I introduced a few weeks ago in the e-Pistle,
And most of the time we think of giving up something like chocolate or sweets or nicotine or wine or snacking, in order to get in touch with the many ways we try to fill our God-shaped hole with something other than God (or attempt to numb the pain of our emptiness). Which is great.
And many people resolve during Lent to give up a half hour of Facebook or television, and give that time to prayer or Bible reading. Which is also great.
Let me bring this home in a practical way: I heard someone recently say that despite the fact that we live in one of the most prosperous countries at one of the most prosperous times in the history of the world, we, many of us, have somehow adopted a shortage mentality.