In this community, we often hear from ECLCers wrestling with big questions of faith, especially as we continue to seek understanding in the midst of grief. We value those questions, and seek to cultivate a community that nurtures vulnerability and truth-telling. This Lent, we will dive into the mystery of God together and explore belief through the theme:
This We Believe: I know. I wonder. I trust.
When life causes us to question our own foundations, what can we believe in? Through the lens of scripture and a different creed each week we will allow ourselves to be, to wonder and to wrestle with belief. What in our Christian heritage speaks to your life? What inspires awe in you or doubt? What in our tradition or teachings troubles you? What leaves you wondering?
A five-week sermon series beginning Sunday, March 10 will take us off the lectionary at times and into scripture passages chosen by the preachers.
March 10: Belief and Doubt: What does it mean to believe in a creed?
March 17: Worship, Communion and Justice: Why do we gather and where are we sent?
March 24: Confession, Forgiveness and Prayer: Is it necessary to confess?
March 31: The Bible: Is the “Good Book” good for you?
April 7: Baptism: What does this water mean for our faith?
Each Sunday we will have a spiritual practice or guiding question for people to take with them focused on the theme.
On Wednesday evenings beginning March 6, Ash Wednesday, members of ECLC will offer their open and honest reflections on various creeds, considering what in these statements of faith inspire or unsettle them. We will begin with the Apostle’s Creed, but then move through more contemporary statements, some explicitly Christian and some may be more broad statements of values and conviction.
Also on Wednesday evenings, March 13-April 10, during the Soup Supper, we will offer a class: Faith Basics. These sessions are intended for people who have not been to seminary. In fact, if you’ve never attended a Bible study at church, then this just might be for you! It will be a great opportunity to ask questions, meet other ECLC members, and learn from church staff and one another about the same topics we will explore in the sermon series.
Welcome to this series as we journey together in faith and in doubt, confident that God holds and guides us in all our wonderings and wanderings.