in the midst of . . . dark and light

in the midst of . . . dark and light

Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness,

where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”

Matthew 22:13

I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places,

so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

Isaiah 45:3

 

 

We are excited to announce our 2015 Lenten series, “in the midst of . . . dark and light.” Each Sunday we will examine the various ways dark and light influence our lives and how we respond to dark or light at any given time or circumstance in our life. 

Darkness, for the most part in our biblical texts, carries a negative connotation. As noted in the opening biblical quote, outer darkness is a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Darkness is commonly portrayed in our everyday life as an evil place; a place where very scary things happen. More than once I have heard the statement, “nothing good ever happens after dark.” Is that true? We live in a time when young men who have black skin are being feared and profiled. What is it that we fear about darkness, including skin color?

On the flip side, we commonly hear light used only in positive ways. Jesus is the light. Come out of the darkness and into the light. You will find your way in the light. We light candles for people in our prayer area, hoping they will feel embraced. We send people love and light, when they face challenges. What would it feel like to live in the light, 24/7? What are the negatives of being in the light, if any? 

We have a tendency, especially during Lent, to think of Holy Week as the dark and Easter as the light. The staff has read two books in preparation for this Lenten series, Learning to walk in the dark by Barbara Brown Taylor, and The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau. Each of these books gives us insight into the experiences of dark and light. We hope you will take the time to check them out of the office, and come to one of the book discussions.  We will also offer two sermon talkbacks during the Lenten series. 

Each week our table will be adorned with fabric prepared by Janet Pugh. The fabric will be four different shades of purple. Each week the fabric will be arranged in a different order and will be highlighted on the bulletin cover. These colors and placement will help us evaluate the different value to each of us. 

We will also be singing the same opening hymn each week. Two verses will be sung from the Pilgrim Hymnal and two verses from the New Century Hymnal. Each week this will remind us of how we use the word dark in our everyday vocabulary. We hope you will plan to join us for all of the Sundays in our Lenten series, “in the midst of . . . dark and light.” A full schedule of our Lenten activities is provided with this Tower.

 

Ash Wednesday (February 18)  Imposition of ashes and communion offered

First Sunday of Lent (February 22)  Introduction to “in the midst of . . .  dark and light”

Second Sunday of Lent (March 1)  “to resist the dark”

Third Sunday of Lent (March 8)  “to embrace the light”

Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 15)  “to resist the light”

Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 22)  “to embrace the dark”

Palm Sunday  (March 29)  “in the midst of . . . dark and light”

Easter Sunday  (April 5)  “in the midst of . . . dark and light”

~ Eldonna Hazen

 

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:40 am in Featured Content.

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