Lent 2021

Wednesday Vespers

Mountains are special places. On top of one you can see the world from a new, wider perspective. As believers, we might rejoice in the more encompassing view of the world God has made, and wonder at its beauty! At the same time, way up there, one is removed from the busyness and pressure of day-to-day life, and so, perhaps, more open to a different kind of encounter with God.

As part of Wednesday Evening Prayer during Lent this year, Pastor Verkouw will lead us on a journey through the mountains – the biblical mountains. Some of them you’ve probably heard of, while some may be new to you. “Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion,” proclaimed Isaiah. That may be hard to do, literally, this spring. But you can join pastor and our musicians for Vespers in Lent, and for some mountain climbing through the holy mountains of scripture, and the powerful stories they tell.

Follow along with our Wednesday evening video with the Evening Prayer bulletin:

Where Your Heart Is

One of our Lenten offerings for this year is Where Your Heart Is an intergenerational devotional from Illustrated Ministry. “Our theme’s inspiration comes from Jesus’ teaching about storing treasures in his Sermon on the Mount. This Lent, we invite you to explore the many treasures you have in your life. Some are physical treasures we can touch, hold, store, and give. Some treasures are invisible, yet still greatly matter and guide our lives. By exploring Gospel passages about treasures and matters of the heart, we invite you to wonder more deeply about what kinds of treasure matter, why we store treasures, and the power these treasures have in our lives…So grab a pen, some crayons or colored pencils, and start working through the devotional (Where Your Heart Is).”

This resource includes a weekly reading, devotion, and space to get creative.If you would like to receive a weekly email for a print at home devotional please email Angie at graceelcaapd@gmail.com. If you would like the materials sent to your via the USPS or would like to pick them up in the office please contact Vicki at 717-397-2748 or vicki@gracelutheranchurch.com. 

Walking Prayer

This group will meet at 1 pm Sundays at F and M track beginning on Feb. 21.  We will have a group devotional and then go forth with partners on the track whilst discussing the questions of that week from the devotional “Where Your Heart Is”. Wear a mask please and we will meet rain or shine.

Daily Reading Path

Our Lenten path this year is based on the readings from “Where Your Heart Is.” The path starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. Use your rock from previous years to mark your progress. If you don’t have a rock from a previous year, any kind of rock/marker will work! Use the link below to download the path at home or contact Vicki (717-397-2748, vicki@gracelutheranchurch.com) to have a copy mailed or available for pickup in the office.

Soul Feast With Our Synod

Lenten Online Journey into the Christian Spiritual Life Thursdays in Lent; February 18 – March 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. via Zoom “When we begin to take spiritual practices seriously, the possibilities for personal and corporate transformation are truly beyond our imagining!” – Marjorie Thompson in Soul Feast

Join us this Lent for a very special online journey using Marjorie Thompson’s Soul Feast:

An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. Gathering weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning February 18, we invite you to explore classic disciplines such as prayer, fasting, spiritual reading, and self-examination, while nurturing your understanding of our rich Christian spirituality.

Participants are invited to purchase their own copy of Soul Feast, which includes a study guide. This resource from Marjorie Thompson continues to be a favorite for individual reflection and group study. 

Click here to register

Tapestry of Pages

Our next book is Separated Inside An American Tragedy by Jacob Soboroff starts on February 16. This book looks at the ways in which families were separated at the U.S. Mexico border, the response of churches in the communities that were impacted by these policies, and forces us as Christians to think about what our faith tells us about our relationship with immigrants. Our group meets Tuesdays at 3PM via Zoom. If you would like to participate in this group please contact Angie (graceelcaapd@gmail.com)

Lectio Divina

“Listen, O my son, to the precepts of thy master, and incline the ear of thy heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of thy loving Father, that by the toil of obedience thou mayest return to Him from whom by the sloth of disobedience thou hast gone away.”
(Prologue to The Rule of St. Benedict, Trans. Rev. Boniface Verheyen OSB, 1949)

Weekly lectio divina readings can be found here and in the Grace News

Listening for God

Join Pastor Steve and members of Grace for Sunday School at 9AM. We are currently reading through Listening for God V.2. Check your weekly email for the Zoom link. If you need the readings or need to be added to the weekly email list please contact Vicki (717-397-2748, vicki@gracelutheranchurch.com