During Lent many congregations will bury the word alleluia to mark the beginning of Lent. Whether your congregation chooses to do this or not, we know that Lent is not a time to bury Jesus. Jesus is not dead. The newsworthy event-Jesus died and did not stay dead-is the good news we are continually called to share. The world inverting miracle of the incarnation, “God-in-us”-which we might associate more with Advent or Christmas-also has deep resonance in these forty days.
Christ is risen and the season of Lent also deserves to be its own thing. It’s the same good news with the emphasis on a different syllable. Lent is a time when everything we do in worship-reading, music, colors, liturgical arts-can remind us simultaneously of the reality of death, the reality of resurrection life, and Jesus’ experience of life, death, and resurrection life with us.
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RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH
“SMALL PLACE WITH A BIG HEART!”