This Sunday begins the first full week of Lent, a season of reflection and repentance. In the “Breaking the Chains” series, we will explore how spiritual disciplines form us personally in order that we become people who embody the love of God throughout our lives. This means that Lent isn’t merely about addressing personal sin, but also about addressing social sin. This can be seen in the word of God that the prophet Isaiah delivered to God’s people:
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? (58.6)
The Lenten journey we are being invited into this year is one that helps us to see the space provided by Lent to be re-formed once again in the image of Christ so that we can be Christ’s ambassadors in the world. Breaking the Chains is an exploration of how Lent provides us space for personal spiritual formation and for their expression as engagement in social and environmental justice.
As a multi-generational church, we are also interested in how families are formed together and particularly how children are being formed. Pastor Osheta will be guiding parents and guardians in ways that they can engage in this formative work with tools and resources.