Small Groups – Lent 2022
Gather around a book:
Good Enough: 40ish Devotions for a Life of Imperfection
Good for recovering perfectionists
Written gently and with humor, Good Enough is permission for all those who need to hear that there are some things you can fix—and some things you can’t. And it’s okay that life isn’t always better. In these gorgeously written reflections, Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie offer fresh imagination for how truth, beauty, and meaning can be discovered amid the chaos of life. Their words celebrate kindness, honesty, and interdependence in a culture that rewards ruthless individualism and blind optimism. Ultimately, in these pages we can rest in the encouragement to strive for what is possible today—while recognizing that though we are finite, the life in front of us can be beautiful.
Entering the Passion of Jesus
Good for those who want to go deep into the biblical texts of Holy Week.
Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward.
In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.
Liturgy of the Ordinary
Good for those wanting to see God in everyday life.
In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? This book, by Episcopal priest Tish Harrison Warren, explores daily life through the lens of liturgy: small practices and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something―making the bed, brushing teeth, losing keys―that the author does every day. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your day.
How God Works
Good for those interested in the science of faith
Scientists are beginning to discover what believers have known for a long time: religious practices from around the world, developed over time, make a difference in our lives. “How God Works makes a brilliant case for ‘spiritual technologies’ for the believer, the skeptic, and the atheist alike. Author David DeSteno offers a scientific explanation for why and how the prayer, rituals, and community-building practices of the world’s religions help make us more resilient, happy, and moral people.”
Gather around Art, Poetry, or Prayer
Filled to the Brim
By A Sanctified Art
Good for those who would like to explore the Sunday readings through art, poetry and reflection.
As you journey through this devotional at your own pace, you will find scriptures, poems, art, reflections, and hymns that are filled with promises of God’s abundant and expansive grace. Come together with others to try visio divina (prayer through art), gather insights from poetry, or wonder together about God’s never-ending grace.
Good for those who would like grow in prayer by praying.
During Lent, we are invited to connect more deeply with Jesus through increased time in prayer. Join with others to offer prayer requests, pray together and explore prayers of gratitude, need, praise, lament or silence. You can meet to pray together or just share requests and insights with each other. Resources on prayer will be available.
Short and Sweet
Good for those who don’t have much time, but want to connect with others.
This year we are once again offering 5-minute (or less) daily devotions that will be texted or emailed to you. (sign up HERE for those). But after your five minutes, would you like to share your insights? Ask for prayer? Wonder about what was said? If so, join this group text. It will allow you to respond to and ask questions related to the daily devotion — and learn what others are thinking as well.
And for those who are new to Lent…
With Pastor Cindy
Good for those new to the Lutheran Church
Are you new to the Lutheran tradition? Do you wonder what Lent is about? Do you have trouble seeing why Lutherans appreciate liturgy – praying the same prayers every week? Do you want to know why we talk about grace so much (and have a hard time living into it?) If you wonder about these or other questions join in a group where every question is important, and it’s okay to disagree. Learn about the rich, diverse, and beautiful tradition of the Lutheran church.