This Year’s Lenten Theme: In View of God’s Mercy

Theme Verse: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 NIV

During Lent 2022, we will be exploring the richness of God’s mercy toward us through Jesus’s life, his death on the cross, and his glorious resurrection.  In response, we are called by God to be living sacrifices for Jesus, displaying our devotion to him in both word and deed.

The services in this worship series will focus our eyes of faith on the meaning behind God’s mercy made manifest in Christ.  Here are the themes and scriptures for each midweek service during this special time of repentance and reflection.

Ash Wednesday • March 2 • Mercy in Ashes • Joel 2:13 As we are marked with ashes on this day, a reminder to us of our sins, we are reminded, too, of the mercy of our God who lifts us from our ashes to new life in Christ.

Week 1 • March 9 • Mercy in Temptation • 1 Corinthians 10:13 In the midst of temptation, our merciful God provides us with a way out through his Son, who was tempted just as we are, yet without sin.

Week 2 • March 16 • Mercy in Suffering • 1 Peter 2:23 No life is without suffering, but our sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory to be revealed to us in Jesus by God’s great mercy.

Week 3 • March 23 •Mercy in Betrayal • 1 Peter 3:11 Though we may turn away from our God again and again, our Lord continues to call us back into his merciful arms for Jesus’ sake.

Week 4 • March 30 • Mercy in Relationships • Ephesians 4:32 Within the communities God has placed us, we are given the grace to treat one another as Christ has cared for us in his love and mercy.

Week 5 • April 6 • Mercy in Service • Hebrews 6:10 In response to God’s kindness to us in Jesus, we serve in mercy the needs of those around us by Christ’s example.

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