Health and fitness has become its own culture and much like the Church, these programs seek to help people tackle the challenges of personal growth and improvement. Any good plan will tell you it’s not a quick fix, it’s not a diet, but learning a new way of life that often means unlearning old habits and beliefs.
Lent is the perfect time to train in our faith. This series approaches the journey of spiritual growth like a health and fitness plan for the soul. Using the theme of ‘taking up our cross daily’ and following Jesus, we’ll be exploring daily practices for spiritual growth while balancing Christ’s call to bear our crosses with his promise that his ‘yoke is easy’ and his ‘burden is light’.
Download the entire 7-week worship plan here: Cross Fit Faith Lenten Worship Plan
To compliment this worship series, all of our Bible study groups will be reading Juan Huertas’ daily devotional, The Sanctuary for Lent 2019.
We’ll also be using SALT Project’s Family-Friendly Lenten Devotional, Breaking the Chains during our Family Faith Nights.
I will continue to post liturgies, prayers, Calls to Worship, and more related to this theme. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the resourcey goodness!
I made this video as a time of reflection after my sermon on Maundy Thursday last year.
Video images of the Holy Land: ‘Time Land’ by Noam Armonn
Music: ‘Beautiful City’ from Godspell sung by Hunter Parish
This Easter Vigil is designed for children and youth. It takes kids through the major events of Holy Week and helps them understand the reason for our Easter celebration. You can make it as complex or simple as you want. We use this vigil to introduce our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Click to download the pdf: Kids Easter Vigil Script 2015
Unison prayer said before the scripture reading(s) during Lent
Un-stop our ears, God. Help us hear Christ speaking your Truth so it will guide our lives and change our hearts. Teach us that we may follow you more faithfully each day. AMEN
Call to Worship for Lent 5 Year A based on John 11:1-45, the raising of Lazarus.
We come together and cry out to God:
We are sick, we are hurting, we are dying, Lord! Come quick!
Jesus says, “The illness isn’t fatal. I will be glorified through it.”
But we are in such pain, we can’t go on! Where are you, Lord?
We are in the darkest place, the stench of death surrounds us. We are done.
“If you had only been here sooner, Lord!”
Jesus weeps and says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Do you believe this?”
Yes, Lord, we believe! Show us! Work miracles out of our greatest tragedies!
A Call to Worship for Lent 5 Year A based on John 9:1-38, the man born blind
God has called us to come
to heal the blindness of our souls.
In our faith our eyes are opened,
our lives are transformed.
The world will want to know how we have come to see things so differently.
God make us ready to tell the world about Christ’s healing power.
We’ve come to the source
in search of a drink.
God alone gives water that quenches our thirst forever.
Give us this living water, oh God!
Our souls thirst as we work to follow Christ.
Fill us so we become a spring bubbling with life!