Below you will find our offerings
during this season of Lent:
Redemption Song - a six part worship series for Lent
Redemption is God’s doing, so leading up to our remembrance of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, we will focus on the story of redemption found throughout the narrative of Scripture. God’s story is a story of redemption, unfolding in lives, families, and nations through the millennia.
March 10 First Sunday in Lent: “A Strange Romance” - Hosea 3:1-5
In 2016, the First Sunday in Lent is Valentine’s Day. I chose to use the strange romance of Hosea and Gomer to illustrate the undying love of God for his wayward people. Love like that is strange, indeed, in a world in which relationships are based on a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” mindset.
March 17 Second Sunday in Lent: “Out of Egypt” - Exodus 12:37-42 & Exodus 20:1-3
One of the defining stories of the Scriptures is the deliverance of the people of God from Egypt. The Exodus narrative reverberates throughout the rest of the story of redemption. God constantly reminds his people who he is thus who they are: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Exodus 20:2 ESV). For four hundred years, the conditions of the children of Jacob had deteriorated. Out of the depths of helplessness and slavery they called out and God answered their prayers with a leader, Moses. God rescues these slaves from their bondage and calls them his own children, they are redeemed.
A Lenten Day of Retreat
“Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.” John 12:3
Lent is a season of devotion. In it, we intentionally position ourselves to receive from the Spirit invitations to go deeper and further in love and freedom. We invite you to gather with the Wasatch family on the threshold of holy week for a spacious day of opening to the surprises God might have for each of us. In a contemplative setting, and with a spirit of wonder, we will engage scripture, poetry, art, and music, each as a different language of prayer. There will be a mix of individual time and time gathered in community.
The retreat will be led by Heather Monkmeyer on April 13th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you’d like to join us, please take a moment and RSVP.
March 24 Third Sunday in Lent: “The Rescue” - Genesis 14:1-16
Abram and Lot had gone their separate ways due to their families and possessions having grown too large for them to occupy the same area. Lot, having settled in the same plain as Sodom and Gomorrah, gets caught up in a geo-political dispute that leads to war. Lot finds himself on the losing side with he and all his household captive to the pagan king, Chedorlaomer of Elam. Upon hearing the news, Abram gathers a coalition and along with 318 of his own fighting men and pursues and defeats Chedorlaomer, rescuing Lot. As patriarch, he placed himself and his men at great risk in order to redeem Lot.
March 31 Fourth Sunday in Lent: “The Prodigal Father” - Luke 15:11-32
This story is more popularly known as the Prodigal Son. “Prodigal” means extravagantly wasteful. While the younger son is wasteful of his inheritance, it is the father in the story whose extravagance is on display as he celebrates his son’s return with a party. In Jesus’ day, the son could well have been killed for bringing shame onto the family, but the heart of God is revealed in the seemingly wasteful (hint: graceful) actions of the father. We’re invited to participate in the redemption celebration along with the elder son.
April 7 Fifth Sunday in Lent: “You Won’t Always Have Me” - John 12:1-8
Lazarus has been raised. Jesus’ feet get anointed for burial. The poor you will always have with you but you won’t always have me. Wake up call.
April 14 Passion Sunday: “The Thief and the Garden” - Luke 23:32-43
This sermon focuses on the Passion, particularly, the thief on the cross. Jesus is crucified alongside two thieves (“criminals”). The story of the thieves is the story of how persons may respond to the sacrifice of Jesus. One mocks Jesus, the other seeks his grace. When Jesus responds to the inquiry of the repentant thief, he says “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43). The Greek word translated as “paradise” is the word used in the Greek Old Testament for the Garden of Eden. Jesus moves the thief from the curse of the tree of Golgotha to a garden of trees in Paradise. Redemption removes us from the just penalty of our rebellion and restores us to God’s original intent. A redeemed creation becomes the residence of those redeemed by the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. “Everything that lies between Eden’s gate and the New Jerusalem, the bulk of our Bibles, is in essence a huge rescue plan” (Richter 129). On that terrible day we see unfolding the reversal of the curse and the beautiful story of redemption and hope.