Lent at Ravensworth: Wilderness

Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love. This Lent, we welcome you to the journey.

Lenten Devotional. Our devotional is available in the narthex and church office.

Lenten Formation Opportunities

Ash Wednesday Services: February 26

10:30am: Service & Imposition of Ashes

6:30pm: Pancake Supper

7pm: All-ages Service & Imposition of Ashes

Worship, Sundays at 11am Each week in worship, we’ll read a passage that depicts a person in the wilderness—physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. What might these ancient stories speak to us? Might the wilderness welcome us in new ways in understanding our identity as God’s beloved children?

  • March 1, Wilderness: Adam, Eve & Jesus, Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Matthew  4:1-11
  • March 8, Lent 2: Wilderness: Sarai & Abram, Genesis 12:1-4a
  • March 15, Lent 3:  Wilderness: Moses, Exodus 17:1-7
  • March 22, Lent 4: Wilderness: Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:1-13
  • March 29, Lent 5: Wilderness: Ezekiel, Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • April 5, Palm Sunday, Wilderness: Jerusalem, Matthew 21:1-11

Lenten Online Bible Study: Tuesdays, March 10, 24 & 31, 7-8pm. In addition to our regularly scheduled Tuesday Morning Bible studies, we’ll host a Tuesday evening study three Tuesdays in Lent. We’ll follow along with the lectionary passage for the upcoming Sunday. We’ll read the passage together and ask the questions, “where is the wilderness?”  and “where is God?” Each week, we’ll share the link via Zoom so you can join in from wherever you are!

  • March 10: Exodus 17:1-7
  • March 24: Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • March 31: Matthew 21:1-11

61st Anniversary Sunday, March 15: Anniversary Lecture with Charles Watson, Jr. from the Baptist Joint Committee, following worship.

Saturday, April 4, Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30am Enjoy a morning of with neighbors and friends! Rain or shine.

Holy Week & Easter Worship Services

Sunday, April 5: Palm Sunday, 11am worship

Thursday, April 9: Maundy Thursday Services, 10:30am & 7pm

Friday, April 10: Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7pm

Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday Worship

  • 6:45am Sunrise Service followed by breakfast,
  • 9:45am Sunday School
  • 11am Morning Worship