Lent at Mayflower

Words from Rev. Sarah Campbell

This isn’t about judgement. This is about salvation.

Lent is one of the holiest seasons in our religion. It’s when we examine our life in the presence of God. It is an introspective season of life before the outward burst of life and energy of Spring and Easter. It is a season of soul searching.

For your soul, this Lent:

  • Come to Sunday worship and you will notice more spaciousness for the soul, more chanting (repetitive singing), more silence and the prayer of confession. All for your soul.
  • Join the Wednesday evening candlelit contemplative Taizé chapel services with Marty Haugen. Afterwards, a simple soup supper. Then, go to choir or perhaps a Lenten small group.
  • Start a daily practice of Centering prayer or start up a lapsed practice again. How-to brochures are in the narthex. Also consider joining the Monday evening Mayflower centering prayer group on Zoom. Contact Cate Calkins to learn more and get the Zoom link.
  • Also, for your soul, come walk the labyrinth in the chapel on Sunday mornings, February 4 and March 3. If you’ve not walked the labyrinth before, there will be instructions at the door.
  • Join a Lenten small group. This year the small groups will reflect on the spiritual practice of discernment and how a community discerns God’s will together. Watch for more information on small groups in the upcoming weekly eblast.

What is killing your soul? What can save your soul? Lent is a time to intentionally reflect and consider new soul affirming practices in your life.

Lenten Contemplative Evening Taizé Service with Marty Haugen
Wednesday Evenings, February 14-March 27, 6 pm, Chapel
You are invited to join Marty Haugen for this time of silence, simple songs, and scripture during our time of Lent. The first Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Join us in this sacred ritual with ashes.

Lenten Fellowship Soup Supper
Wednesday Evenings, February 14-March 27
A simple meal will follow each Lenten service in the Fireside Room. If you are interested in helping out with one of your favorite soups, please contact Helen Nikiel at helennikiel@gmail.com. Bread is also welcome!

2024 Lenten Study Groups (begin the week of Feb 18)
Wanted: Seasoned & Newer Mayflower members, folks showing interest in becoming members, and those just interested in learning.

Why: To join small groups sharing their feelings/knowledge of “spiritual discernment” and no, it isn’t a term reserved for actual or potential seminarians.

Reward: Increased awareness of how key decisions are/could be made including everyone.

Plus: Getting to know the folks sitting next to/or near you on Sundays

We have openings on Tuesdays (Zoom), Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. If interested, call Jim Bush (co-coordinator) at 612-599-8943 OR sign up at the welcome desk. 

Discerning God’s Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church

  • Sundays at 9:45 am: Lead by Rev. Mary Shaffer at Church
  • Tuesdays at 11:00 am: Lead by Diane Garnder on Zoom
  • Wednesdays at 7:00 pm: Lead by Cate Calkins in the Chapel
  • Thursdays at 10:00 am: Lead by Jim Bush in the Chapel’

 

A Lenten Strip Down: Young Adult Study Group
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm: Lead by Rev. Susie Hayward in Room 211

Lent is a time for casting of excesses and grounding oneself spiritually. We are invited to prepare for the emotional rollercoaster ride through jubilation to sorrow to perplexing joy that is holy week as Jesus did: by going into the wilderness for forty days to confront ourselves and the temptations that keep us from loving fully and fearlessly.

But this year, we have the opportunity – perhaps the obligation – to prepare in another way simultaneously. We are entering a challenging calendar year, replete with a tortured presidential election and its aftermath, an escalating war in the Middle East, and a growing and powerful backlash against equality, all of which threatens to pull us from the Source of love. The struggle for compassion and justice will be more urgent than ever, and yet the battle for it has the potential to fuel our own worst tendencies: tribalism, self-righteousness, martyrdom.

This Lent, we will come together to prepare ourselves for what is coming by asking critical questions: What are the temptations that lure us from acting in love? What do we need to cast off to stay grounded in our sacred Source of being? How will we know when we’ve done enough? By the end of our time together, each participant will have crafted a personal mantra to carry them through the extraordinary times before us.