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Sixth Wednesday in Lent

March 16, 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.
On 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. The second Wednesday in Lent, the theme was “Broken Vessels.” The visual marker placed on the Communion Table was a jar to represent the jar of precious ointment which the woman used to anoint Jesus. At the conclusion of the service we blew out the second candle. On the Third Wednesday, the theme was “Broken Trust” and the visual markers placed on the Communion Table were the thirty pieces of silver Judas received from the chief priests. At the conclusion of the service we blew out the third candle. On the Fourth Wednesday in Lent, the theme was “Broken Bread” and the visual marker was the chalice. We celebrated communion by intinction. At the conclusion of the service we blew out the fourth candle. On the Fifth Wednesday in Lent. The theme was “Broken Promises” and the visual marker was the rooster. At the conclusion of the service we blew out the fifth candle.

Tonight is the Sixth Wednesday in Lent. The theme was “Broken Justice”. We placed the stones from Ash Wednesday into the baptismal bowl and poured water over the stones to symbolize God washing away our sins. The Scripture Reading was 2 Corinthians 5:20-21.

“Therefore, we are Christ’s representatives, and through us God is calling you. We beg you on behalf of Christ to become reunited with God. God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him.”

At the conclusion of the service we blew out the sixth candle. Next week, of course, is Holy Week… On Maundy Thursday the Christ candle will be blown out and we will depart the sanctuary in silence…

From → Photography, Worship

2 Comments
  1. Maundy Thursday was always so meaningful for me. I enjoy being able to worship with all of you.

    • I look forward to not only worshipping with you and Robert and the family, but being a part of your Wedding ❤️❤️

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