In Bread for the Journey, Lent is described as: “A season to remember that to follow Christ is to take up our crosses and be servants of all. A season to remember Jesus’ question: “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink?” A season to ask ourselves how we might help to bear the cross. A season to ask ourselves how we are afraid and turn away. A season to ask what we have to offer. A season to give sacrificially to others.” This Sunday we will look at the choices Jesus made that led directly to the cross and ask each other what choices we will make.
Some common threads run through the worship songs this first week of Lent week. See if you can see some of them below:
“Here I raise to Thee an alter; hither by thy help I’m come; and I hope by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.”
“Guide me o thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this baren land; I am weak, but thou are mighty; hold me by thy pow’rful hand;”
“Jesus walked this lonesome valley, he had to walk it by himself; O, nobody else could walk it for him, he had to walk it for himself.”
“What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul…”
“Come, Spirit come, our hearts control, our spirits long to be made whole. Let inward love guide every deed; by this we worship, and are freed.”
As we continue on our Lenten journey this Sunday, the hymns that were selected speak to us of the journey of the heart that we are on. As we turn inward in our thoughts and meditations, remembering the 40 days and nights that Jesus fasted in the desert, we ask for guidance; we long to arrive safely home; we marvel at the great and wondrous love that Jesus has for us and we recognize that the inward love that we feel should guide every deed. This is our worship.
What will you choose?