This Sunday we conclude the sermon series, “Can You Hear Me Now?” For the past five weeks we have been looking at people who were called by God, and how they responded to that call. This Sunday we will explore the story of Naaman, found in 2 Kings 5:1-14. If you don’t know that story, I encourage you to read the entire chapter and hear the story of a man who was offended by how he was instructed to follow that call. Too often we think of following a call as a grandiose event, when sometimes it is just a simple act. I hope you will join us this week as we learn from Naaman and his servants.
By the time you receive the Midweek next week, it will be Ash Wednesday. This Sunday we will offer something special to guide you through this season. Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent: A Lenten Devotional, is a devotional guide to accompany you on these 40 days of introspection and listening for God’s voice. If you don’t know Mary Oliver’s work, you will be blessed by reading it. In this Lenten devotional book, words of scripture and her poetry will be your guides.
The devotional guide offers a scripture passage, lines from a Mary Oliver poem, a guide for a time of meditation, as well as specific practices you can do. These are presented for each of the five Sundays of Lent, as well as Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Sunday. While the devotional book is complete within itself, if you would like to read more of Mary Oliver’s words, you can order her book Devotions: The Selected Poetry of Mary Oliver. Here is the amazon link.
Last year during Lent, we were blessed by the offering of Lenten Crosses for our yards. The hard work of Julian Beckwith and Bill Crawford, who constructed the crosses, as well as Joyce Beckwith and a group of women who prepared the fabric drapes, provided anyone who wanted a cross to have one. Even though most of us already have a cross, we will offer them again for those who would like one and didn’t get one last year. Plan to sign up as the clipboard is passed this Sunday. For those of you who have a cross, you can begin placing it in your yard next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, with a purple drape.