“Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:24-25
Planting seeds in the ground is one of the most counter-intuitively hopeful signs of spring we engage in. Taking something which looks dull and lifeless, we bury it into dirt, dust the soil from our hands, and optimistically envision a summertime garden to arise.
Jesus uses the image of planting seeds as he tries to prepare his disciples for his death, inviting them to imagine his burial as a step toward new life for the world. What a strange invitation for them to receive.
This year at Gloria Dei, we’re using the image of planting a seed in the ground as a symbol of all that Lent invites us to lose. Like burying seeds in the ground, the Lenten traditions of confession, prayer, fasting, alms-giving, and acts of love all invite us to give away something of ourselves, to offer time, treasure, control, and self-righteousness. Jesus invites us give away our lives as we follow in discipleship and service.
What do we have to lose this year? What do we need to let go of in order to follow Christ more faithfully and to live a more abundant life? What are our barriers and burdens that we can put down? In a similar way, what can we give ourselves over to? How do we embrace our freedom in Christ and the new life that it promises? What has been stirring in our soul that it’s finally time to unleash?
Throughout the season of Lent, we’ll be asking, “What do we have to lose?” and will be gathering to consider that question together.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Join us for worship:
7:00 a.m. Service of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes (new this year)
1:00 p.m. Service of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes
5:00 p.m. Service for children and families — 30 minute gathering with ashes
7:00 p.m. Service of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes
Wednesdays of Lent
5:00 p.m. Children’s choirs
5:30 p.m. Community Soup Suppers $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for children
6:00 p.m. Discussion with pastors and leaders – What Do We Have To Lose?
Feb. 21- Pastor Bradley Schmeling – The Veil
Feb. 28 – Former Pastor John Manz – Checking our R Value: When Comfortability Insulates us From the Needs of Others
Mar. 7 – Pastor Lois Pallmeyer – Lost and Found
Mar. 14 – Pastor Javen Swanson – Serving Our Neighbor: Giving Up Our Need to Help and Learning to Be Alongside
Mar. 21 – Music Director Tim Strand – Letting Go of Dreams and Making Room for New Ones
6:00 p.m. Guided Labyrinth Experience
6:30 p.m. Confirmation for grades 7-10
7:00 p.m. Midweek Worship – Using Holden Evening Prayer
Holy Week–For more information on these services, click here.
Passion Sunday, March 25
8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Passion Sunday Holy Communion
10:15 a.m. Palm Sunday Parade through the Neighborhood
Maundy Thursday, March 29
1:00 p.m. Traditional Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Children’s Maundy Thursday Experience
7:00 p.m. Community Meal and Worship
Good Friday, March 30
5:00 p.m. Children’s Good Friday Experience
7:00 p.m. Traditional Worship
Easter Vigil, March 31
5:00 p.m. Children’s Easter Vigil Experience
7:00 p.m. Traditional Vigil
Easter Day, April 1
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Festival Worship