Lent Extravaganza!


This week, in the middle of Lent, when Lent seemed to be getting a little long in the tooth, a creative team from BC’s Frazer Valley helped me delve deeply into the texts of Lent 2016. Why? Because this is the way Leader magazine draws on the resources of Mennonite pastors and lay leaders to create worship resources.

It was quite a dive, and I’m still coming up for air. I expect they are doing the same.We introduced ourselves, worshipped, read seven weeks worth of Lectionary texts together, pondered and prayed alone, and then plunged into the work of mining the texts for themes and images that speak into our current contexts.

Songs, video clips, and laughter surfaced among the words. Good food fuelled  bodies and spirits as relationships grew. Then we dove down again, trying to imagine the context in which next year’s Lent will find our church. Passions were kindled to speak the right words into what we predicted to be uncertain and challenging places.

And so the search for the sticky and timely themes continued. Draft 2, draft 3, sleep on it, test it again. Give and take, and an image that resonated in all our hearts and minds started emerging.

Tasks were claimed and affirmed, process described and deadlines set. Trust and respect for each other and the task grew deeper as we blessed each other and the writer’s retreat drew to a close. What a draining, and holy, inspiring task.  This must be one of the things Godly Play looks like for adults. Time for a group selfie, I’d say.


About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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