Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent — Practices for the Jesus-Centered Life

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self- giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed!

Join us at Grace Church every Thursday evening in Lent at 7 pm to walk with Jesus in the Way of Love through the scriptures of the Easter Vigil.  Each week, we will consider and pray each of the seven practices of The Way of Love.

March 7 — Session One / TURN: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ (Romans 6:3-11)

March 14 — Session Two / PRAY: Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:10-15:1)

March 21 — Session Three / LEARN: Learn Wisdom and Live (Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6).               

March 28 — Session Four / BLESS: A New Heart and a New Spirit (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

April 4 — Session Five / REST: The Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

April 11 — Session Six / WORSHIP: The Gathering of God’s People (Zephaniah 3:12-20)

FINAL SESSION POSTPONED ONE WEEK, to April 25 — Session Seven / GO: The Empty Tomb (Luke 24:1-12)

Materials will be provided.  All we need you to bring is your willingness to be transformed by the Spirit of the loving, liberating and life-giving God!

Contact Mary Lou Clark for more information.


Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9:30 — What is God calling Grace Church to be and to do?

Join the parish-wide conversation, as we do some reflection and planning on the blessings and the work of Grace Church. The more of us who participate, the better the conversation, the more imaginative the planning, the more effective the results. We’ll hear the word of God, sing some hymns, do a lot of talking and sharing, and end with communion — all in the comfort of the parish hall.

We’ll need extra snacks during, so consider bringing something to share.

For a preview, check out the introduction to asset-mapping here, and for further inspiration, a personal asset starter that you can use in our church conversation, and in your own life.

We’re following a great precedent hosting this wide-ranging conversation as part of our worship service. Our Gospel this week says it all. Jesus walked into his own home-town synagogue citing the prophet Isaiah:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

You know the Spirit has always led Grace Church. Let’s find out where it’s going next.

— Jackie Schmitt