Lenten Activities

Fixer Upper: Renovation of the Heart
FBC 2021 Lent Series

What is it about renovation? Entire television networks are devoted to popular renovation shows. We invest tons of money and time in renovating our houses, our cars, our closets. But what about investing time and money in the renovation of our heart? Where do we begin? Our sermon series through the season of Lent will explore the why, what, and how of embracing God’s desire to reframe our lives.

Lenten Memory verse: 

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 .


WEEKLY SPIRITUAL PRACTICES FOR LENT

Each week during Lent, we will highlight a different spiritual practice. You can find more information about each practice here.

February 21: Breath Prayer  
Mindfulness of God’s presence, as close as our breath.

February 28: Writing a letter to God 
“Dear God, the life I most want for myself is…”—what is the vision you and God have for your life?

March 7: Scripture Reading (Lectio Divina) 
Meditating on the scripture for the week—what does it mean to be both a hearer and doer of the Word?

March 14: Prayer of Examen 
Life-change happens when we set aside time to listen to our lives and invite God in.

March 21: Rest 
Our hearts can rest fully only when they find rest in God.

March 28: Walking 
The practice of walking can be a space in which God works in our lives so that we truly “walk in love” as Christ-followers.

April 4: Hospitality (more information)
The overflow of God’s love moves us to love our family, friends, and wider community—how might we offer hospitality in new ways?


ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE, Wednesday, February 17  (Watch)


LENT DAILY DEVOTIONS beginning February 17

To receive these daily devotions via email, click here to complete the form. Select “Daily Devotions” from the options. You may also sign up by contacting Mary Huhn via email or calling 573.634.3603.


LENT SERMON SERIES February 21 – April 4

Online: Premieres at 8:15 am, Sundays, on youtube.com/fbcjc or facebook.com/fbcjc.
In-Person: 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays (Register at fbcjc.org/register)

Read the sermon titles and texts here.


LENT SMALL GROUPS

Renovation of the Heart Small Groups. Our Renovation of the Heart small groups, based on Dallas Willards’ book of the same title, will explore God’s reframing work in our lives through small group conversation.

  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m.—Theresa McClellan (virtual)  (Begins Feb. 21)
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m.—Noel Blythe (virtual) (Begins Feb. 21)
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m.—Celeste Koon (virtual) (Begins Feb. 23)
  • Wednesday: 5:30 p.m.—Sondra Allen (virtual) (Begins Feb. 24)
  • Thursday: 10 a.m.—EthelMae Champ and Gary Hemphill (in-person, room 101)  (Begins Feb. 25)

Click here to sign up for a group or call the church office Monday-Thursday between 8am-5pm. Please sign up by Saturday, February 20. You will be contacted by the teacher of your class with further information. Friends are welcome. Email hannah@fbcjc.org with questions.


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

April 1   Maundy Thursday Worship and Lord’s Supper
7:00 p.m. (In person option pending due to COVID)

April 2  Good FridayThe church building will be closed.

April 4  Easter
Online: Premieres at 8:15 am on youtube.com/fbcjc or facebook.com/fbcjc.
In-Person: 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays (Register at fbcjc.org/register)
SERMON: The Grand Reveal, John 4:1-42</p


MORE ABOUT  SPIRITUAL PRACTICES 

February 21: Breath Prayer  
Mindfulness of God’s presence, as close as our breath.

Breath prayer is a form of contemplative prayer linked to the rhythms of breathing. This prayer is focused on being with God, and removes the distractions of praying the “right words.” It also reminds us that just as we can’t live without breathing, we also cannot live without breathing spiritually with God as the source of oxygen to our souls.

Our breath prayer for Lent is: Inhale: You are the vine. Exhale: I am a branch. Inhale: I can do nothing  Exhale: Apart from you.  (back to top)

February 28: Writing a letter to God 
“Dear God, the life I most want for myself is…”—what is the vision you and God have for your life?

For some, writing is a helpful way to pray, process emotions, and organize thoughts. This week, write a letter to God that begins, “Dear God, the life I want most for myself is…”  The rest of the letter will complete that opening statement (or prayer). Allow yourself to be fully honest and open with God. As you write, you may feel led to acknowledge the mistakes you have made. Spend most of your letter writing about what a “good and beautiful life” would look like to you. Keep this letter in a safe place so that you can be reminded of the vision you and God have for your life.  Let it be a guide and an inspiration. (back to top)

March 7: Scripture Reading (Lectio Divina) 
Meditating on the scripture for the week—what does it mean to be both a hearer and doer of the Word?

March 14: Prayer of Examen 
Life-change happens when we set aside time to listen to our lives and invite God in.

March 21: Rest 
Our hearts can rest fully only when they find rest in God.

March 28: Walking 
The practice of walking can be a space in which God works in our lives so that we truly “walk in love” as Christ-followers.

April 4: Hospitality (more information)
The overflow of God’s love moves us to love our family, friends, and wider community—how might we offer hospitality in new ways?