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A Five-Week Lenten Churchwide Study

Lent is our seasonal opportunity to look introspectively at the problems and​​ issues that plague our lives and our world, a necessary prelude to embracing the hope and joy of Easter. We can hardly over-estimate the extent that worry, anxiety, and fear permeate our lives. As your pastor, I see it all the time in the life of this church, which is why I have chosen for our first Churchwide Lenten study Adam Hamilton’s book​​ Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how we can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’s recurring counsel: “Do not be afraid.” For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can​​ thrive in troubled times,​​ Unafraid​​ offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Worship each Sunday morning during Lent is built around a weekly theme, with scripture, sermon and music all serving to introduce the congregation to the theme. Small adult groups met weekly with a facilitator to guide the discussion focused on the theme. Youth and children will use the multi-age curriculum designed for this Lenten study. The five weekly themes are:

1 Understanding and Countering​​ Fear ​​ Discussion ​​ ​​​​ Sermon

2 Crime, Race, Terrorism, and Politics ​​ Discussion ​​ ​​​​ Sermon

3 Failure, Disappointing Others, Insignificance​​ & Loneliness ​​ Discussion ​​ ​​​​ Sermon

4 Apocalypse, Change, Missing Out, and Finances ​​ Discussion ​​ ​​​​ Sermon

5 Aging, Illness, Dying, and Fear of the Lord ​​ Discussion ​​ ​​​​ Sermon ​​​​ 

Discussion​​ = link to Discussion Questions

Sermon​​ = link to Sermons