Some might fear this sidesteps sin, ignores how we’ve traded away our integrity, as people and as a people. But consider the Ash Wednesday words of Jesus: being publicly downcast, sober, angry, or miserable does not make us holier or closer to God but probably just more hypocritical.
Seek the joy of forgiveness. Wait in hope for the humble power of God. Strive side-by-side with the Spirit who makes all things new—you and others; this congregation, these Quad Cities, and this world. Celebrate: because Christ was lifted up, now is the time when God’s love, grace, and power lifts us!
So a few wonderings:
What if Lent isn’t about us? What did God give up? Why?
What if you added something of grace to your life during Lent, instead of taking away or giving up? Like the “Faith 5.”
Psalm 51 gives voice to a single person’s repentance. What might corporate or community repentance sound like? How does a congregation or nation invite God to turn it toward new life and away from injury, apathy, and injustice?
Notice “signs” of God’s covenants—the rainbow, a new name, the cross, etc. God says the first is a reminder for God!If God needs signs and models it for us to imitate, what sign can you or All Saints make? What visible things—like All Saints’ Respectful Communications Guidelines (to the right)—might uplift?