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

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