Three Sides

There are at least three sides to every coin. There’s heads and tails, or obverse and reverse, and then there’s the side that pulls the two together. I invite you to consider the three sides of a coin I’m calling Lent 2019.

Side 1: Seek and ye shall find.

This single phrase joined together for all time two unrelated practices, two entirely different actions: seeking and finding. They are not the same thing. We can seek and never find the one thing for which we have spent all our days upon the earth searching. On the other hand, on a particularly magical day, we may stumble upon something for which our heart has yearned for many days as we can remember. And today, here it is! Right before us, on a day we were not thinking of it at all.

(The Practice of Finding: How Gratitude Leads the Way to Enough, by Holly W. Whitcomb, from the Forward by Wayne Muller.)

Side 2: Have you ever had an experience of being in the Dark Wood? What I mean is… have you ever experienced uncertainty, failure, emptiness?

We all have at one time or another. Perhaps you are there more often than you would like… I know I am.

This Lent we will explore what it means to be in the Dark Wood moments of our lives. We are not going to talk about just how to get out of it, as if life is good only when we are not there. We are going to explore what it might mean for our lives to recognize the gifts of the

Dark Wood. What if times of uncertainty, failure or emptiness are opportunities for spiritual awakening

(From a worship resource based on the book, Gifts of the Dark Wood by Eric Elnes, ©worshipdesignstudio.com)

Side 3The event that pulls these two sides together is the season of Lent. Our Sunday worship will focus on Gifts of the Dark Wood, which are: Uncertainty, Emptiness, Being Thunderstruck, Getting Lost, Temptation, Disappearing, and being Misfits. How are these “gifts”? How can good come from being empty or getting lost?

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9 AM and explore with us. The Dark Wood series will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6, at 7 PM and continue Sunday, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, and conclude on Maundy Thursday April 18, at 7 PM. (Our Youth will be leading worship on April 7.)

On Wednesday evenings, beginning March 6, we will have a Soup Supper, at 6:15 PM, and a brief time of worship, 7 PM. The week following Ash Wednesday, the worship on those evenings will lift up themes, such as, learning to savor and finding wonder, finding vulnerability through saying “yes,” and reaching beyond suffering and finding resilience, from The Practice of Finding. Our last Soup Supper will be on March 27. The Women’s Fellowship have placed a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Table for you to register your intent to participate. Come for dinner and stay for worship or come early for worship and have dinner. Bring your favorite soup recipe or bread to share or come to enjoy what others have prepared.

Come, grow in faith and fellowship.