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Second Wednesday in Lent – Lenten Midweek Worship

February 17, 2016


Denise and I came up with the concept of visual markers for each Wednesday in Lent a few years ago after one of our Christian Spiritual Formation Certificate courses at Columbia Theological Seminary. We used the Wee Worship Book from Wild Goose Publishing of Iona (Iona Books) for the liturgy.Last Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we had the worshipers pick up a stone, hold it, meditate on sin (how we missed the mark in serving and loving God) before placing them on the Communion Table. At the conclusion of the service, we blew out one of the candles.

Tonight, which is the second Wednesday in Lent, the theme was “Broken Vessels.” The visual marker placed on the Communion Table this week was a jar to represent the jar of  precious ointment which the woman used to anoint Jesus.

The focus verse for tonight was Mark 14:1-9.

“It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; for they said, ‘Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.’ While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. But some were there who said to one another in anger, ‘Why was the ointment wasted in this way? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii,* and the money given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’” (NRSV)

At the conclusion of the service, the second candle was blown out.

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