The season of Lent is 40 days (not including Sundays). Forty is symbolic of the time “in between,” the journey to God, the time it takes for us to see that God is already with us. During our 40 days of Lent, we remember the spaces of our lives “in between,” the times of our communal wilderness and uncertainty, and the times we long for new life. This year, we gather in our homes as we experience the wilderness times in the here-and-now. Join us on this journey.
- Lenten Limitations and Liberations
- Lenten Project
- “Lent at Home” Kit
- Ash Wednesday
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
MIDweek Lenten Reflection
During the Season of Lent join us online or in person for Holden Evening Prayer with reflections from femme and trans- siblings in Christ. Please note: this service is designed for adults and the congregation *WILL* be allowed to sing. All other COVID mitigation measures for worship will be in place.
Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
- Icon of focus: St. Julian of Norwich
- Reflection by: Seminarian Anne McCall
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
- Icon of focus: Our Lady of the Journey
- Reflection by: Seminarian Kylee Bestenlehner
Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
- Icon of focus: Marsha P. Johnson
- Reflection by: Seminarian Ezra
Lenten Limitations and Liberations: when God and others are constricted by a patriarchal lens
During this time of Lent, as we reflect on the meaning of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, we also remember so many who suffer in our own communities and in the world. Our own temptation is to limit or box in our understanding of the beautiful creation around us.
During this series, we burst forth from the limitations that are imposed on us and move into a liberating space where we can truly live as our authentic self that God created. From the first story of creation in Genesis to the apocalyptic visions of Revelation, a patriarchal lens is often used to understand both God and human relationships. This lens has limitations in how we come to understand God and others.
Throughout our time in Lent, in our worship, our study, our fellowship, and our service, we will be reflecting deeper on the feminine nature of God and open ourselves to the so many ways that God’s love liberates us from the constructions imposed by the patriarchy. During mid-week services we’ll reflect on various icons, Sunday’s worship will include guest preachers, after worship activities will dive into our experience, and we’ll try out the Year W lectionary readings that center the stories on femme voices and experiences in the scriptures.
March 6 – God creates equally, God loves equally.
- Introducing Lenten “Limitations and Liberations”
- After worship: Join Pastor Jason as we for: “Exploring Limitations: how the fullness of God can feel trapped.”
March 13 – Beautiful or Rotten? Fruit of the Spirit or something else?
- Guest preacher and presider: the Rev. Stacy Alan, head of the Episcopal Campus Ministry at University of Chicago’s Brent House
- After worship: Join our guest preacher for “Gospel Chats” as we dive into the gospel a bit more deeply.
March 20 – Trust amongst Peril
- Guest preacher: the Rev. Elle Dowd, author of Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist
- After worship: Help make a meal to be served to LGBTQIA+ youth at The Crib. Contact Vicar Jason (email@example.com) to volunteer.
March 27 – Jesus, Son of Woman
- Guest Preacher: the Rev. Jamie Frazier, executive director of Lighthouse Foundation
- After worship: Join Pastor Jamie for a conversation about the Lighthouse Foundation and how we can deepen our commitment as their ministry partner
April 3 – Kneading Creation: God’s Presence and Patience
- Reflecting on our journey
- After Worship: Join Pastor Jason for “Exploring Liberations: how God’s fullness might be revealed.” This will be a time of reflection on your Lenten experience and how it’s liberated us and enlivens us for the work ahead.
“Lent at Home” Kit
We’re offering customizable “Lent At Home” Kits to better participate in Worship Livestream and/or the Lenten season. Kits can include:
- Ashes for Ash Wednesday
- Devotional icon cards for the mid-week services
- Communion kits (all gluten-free, either wine or juice)
- A Lenten calendar:
- For children
- A carbon fast
- The general “pray-fast-give” season
- Lenten devotional book for daily reflection
Ash Wednesday – 7:30 p.m.
On Ash Wednesday, we begin our forty-day journey toward Easter with a day of fasting and repentance. Marking our foreheads with dust, we acknowledge that we die and return to the earth. At the same time, the dust traces the life-giving cross indelibly marked on our foreheads at baptism. While we journey through Lent to return to God, we have already been reconciled to God through Christ. We humbly pray for God to make our hearts clean while we rejoice that “now is the day of salvation.” Returning to our baptismal call, we more intentionally bear the fruits of mercy and justice in the world.
Frequently asked Questions
Will services be offered on-site at the church? Yes! We continue gathering in a hybrid format, so join us online or in person. If attending in person, be sure to notice our safety measures, including the requirements to wear a respirator mask and show proof of vaccination if eligible.
What’s worship like at WPLC? Well, it looks a bit different during COVID, but it’s still focused on Christ’s message to love God and your neighbor as yourself. You can learn a bit more about our worship style here, and can check out a service on our YouTube page.
Where can I learn more about WPLC? Check out our visitor information section.
I have another question. E-mail Pastor Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the church by calling 773-276-0263.