The traditional idea of Lent is a forty day season to reflect on and repent of our wayward selves. We’ve sinned. We’ve fallen short. We’ve abandoned the right path . . . so we need to confess these things in order to return from them. In other words, we need to get “back to the start.”

We abolustely need to get “back to the start.” But there’s a deeper reason than just confessing our sins for getting back there. It’s at the start where we were fully integrated with what scholars call our “soul-child.” In our most precious and childlike state, we were pure essence made in the image and likeness of God. But as time unraveled, so did our sin. Perhaps this Lenten season, what we need to do is return from our sin so we can return to the spiritual life that tells us we are made in God’s image. Thankfully, both repentance and acceptance take us “back to the start.”

To help us go on this journey, we will craft a church-wide art project during the response portion of the worship services. Each week, we are asking you to bring a picture from home to be placed on the alter to then be hung up through Easter. The process of finding these pictures, and the stories these pictures elicit, will help us journey back to the start. The volume of pictures around the room will also remind us that there are so many of us on a spiritual journey, and we’re all trying to return.

What to bring

March 10 | Romans 10:8b-13 | Everyone Can Go Back to the Start

Bring a picture of you from childhood (birth, infant, or toddler. Whatever picture of you that captures your pure, divine essence.)

March 17 | Philippians 3:17-4:1 | When We Don’t Go Back to the Start

No picture needed (unless you missed last week’s service. A special prayer practice will be conducted instead.)

Jim and Ann Owen | Pastor barrett’s grandfather and late paternal grandmother.

Jim and Ann Owen | Pastor barrett’s grandfather and late paternal grandmother.

March 24 | Psalm 63:1-8 | What Happens When We Go Back to the Start

Bring a bittersweet image of someone who has left your life either by moving or by death. This picture should capture fond but also sad memories.

March 31 | 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 | Our Minds Change When We Go Back to the Start

Bring a picture of a group. This picture needs lots of energy. It can be a recent picture you took or an old picture such as a family wedding.

April 7 | John 12:1-8 | Our Actions Change When We Go Back to the Start

Bring a picture of a meal scene. This picture needs to be of you and family or friends around a table. It can be old or newly taken.

If you have pictures that are sacred to you that you want to use but do not want damaged, Pastor Nate will be in the Canada Room prior to each service with a Polaroid camera. We will take a picture of your picture and use the Polaroid to pin to the art wall. 

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