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One of the long held Christian practices is to give things up for Lent as an act of self-denial. Often people give up things they love such a chocolate, ice cream, dessert, soda, or even adult beverages When Jesus sets his eyes on Jerusalem in Mark and begins his journey to the cross he calls for his disciples to give things up, but not the things we associate with our Lenten practices.
Jesus calls us to give up control, power and being number one. We invite you to ponder each Sunday during Lent, one of the things that Jesus invites us to give up.
April 5 Giving Up Expectations
The Gospel of Mark ends with this verse: “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” We know that isn’t the end of the Good News and after encountering the risen Jesus the disciples turned apostles are faced with the question of “Now What?” We as disciples face the question after Easter of “Now What?” Over the next weeks we will explore the question in our lives today.
04/19/20 Now What Praying Together Acts 1:1-14
04/26/20 Now What Healing Acts:3:1-10
05/03/20 Now What Proclaiming Acts 17:1-9
05/10/20 Now What New Territory Acts 18:1-4, 9-11