Wednesday Night Lent Dinner Series 2018

Wednesday Night Lent Dinner Series

During Lent we journey with Christ to the cross, and take time to assess ourselves and recommit to the Christian life. In this season, many have fasted or abstained from various products or practices to usher in new ways of being into their lives. We invite you to journey with us in Lenten devotion and study. The season begins with the 7:30 pm Ash Wednesday worship service on February 14th.

Subsequent Wednesday nights include the following:

Wednesdays, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7, March 14 and March 21: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. -- A gathering of all ages together on a journey with Jesus to Jerusalem. Soup and bread supper in the Common Room followed a study.  

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Lenten Dinner, Study, & Devotion: A Series on Wednesday Nights
Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21, 2018

6:30-8:00 PM

"Gathering all ages together on a Journey with Jesus to Jerusalem"

Fast for Justice,

Isaiah 58:5-7 (NRSV)
5  Is such the fast that I choose,
    a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
    and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?
6  Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of injustice,
    to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?
7  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
    and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

The Point of the Sabbath is Justice,

Mark 3:1-6 (NIV)

1 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue,
and a man with a shriveled hand was there.

Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus,
so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.

Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand,

“Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them,

“Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?”

But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and,

deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts,

said to the man,

“Stretch out your hand.”

He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.

Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.


2/21 – Prayer

·         Jesus prays in Garden of Gethsemane                                         Matt 26:36-41

o    In Today’s Context:: Offerings to God

§  Reading #1, Christianity Today (Protestant) What is Lent

§  Reading #2, Thinking Faith (Catholic) A Short History of Lent

§  Reading #3, Pope Francis’s  (Catholic) 2018 Lenten message


2/28 – Betrayed

·         Jesus betrayed and Arrested                                                        Mark 14:43-46

o    In Today’s Context:: Testifying to Jesus

§  Reading #1, Dietrich Bonheoffer (Lutheran), excerpts from Cost of Discipleship

·         Read the Grace & Discipleship section on Cheap vs. Costly Grace

3/7   - Condemned

·         Jesus condemned by Religious Authorities                                Luke 22: 66-71

o    In Today’s Context:: Being the Church

§  Reading #1, Michael Jinkins PC(USA), Our radically connectional church

3/14 – Denied

·         Jesus denied by Peter                                                                 Matt 26:69-75

o    In Today’s Context:: Being Disciples

§  Reading  #1, ELCA (Lutheran) Statement on shooting at ‘Mother Emanuel AME’

§  Reading #2, Oak hill PC(USA), Praying for 'Mother Emanuel AME'

§  Reading #3, Oak hill PC(USA) sermon after Charleston shooting 

3/21 – Judged

·         Jesus judged by Pontius Pilate                                              Mark 15:1-5, 15

o    In Today’s Context:: Being Citizens

§  Reading #1, Stated Clerk, PC(USA) Open Letter to President-Elect on Immigration and Refugees

§  Reading #2, Stated Clerk, PC(USA) Open Letter to President on DACA

Resources for throughout the Lenten Season:

Daily Devotional for Lent


NC Council of Churches:
Social Justice Lent Devotions

Interfaith Power & Light:
Lenten Creation Care in Maryland