Living in the Promised Land: A Lent Journey (Year B) (PDF)

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Living in the Promised Land is a Lenten journey that teaches us how to live in the ‘Promised Land’ of God’s Reign in the midst of our broken and unjust world.

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The world we live in is not the world we long for. Our hearts ache for a world of justice and love. And we all yearn to live in simple, doable ways that contribute to bringing that world into being. Living in the Promised Land is a Lenten journey that teaches us how to live in the ‘Promised Land’ of God’s Reign in the midst of our broken and unjust world.

Traditionally Lent, along with Advent, was one of the great seasons of preparation for candidates who were to be baptised on Christmas Day or Easter Sunday. Today, while baptism is no longer performed only on these two days, Lent remains a powerful journey of penitence, spiritual discipline (focussed around the three practices of fasting, prayer and giving of time, talents and treasures) and preparation for the Holy Week experience. For busy pastors and liturgists, sustaining a creative, transforming, and spiritually challenging journey can be very difficult. It is for this reason that Sacredise is proud to offer this resource—Living in the Promised Land—based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings for Year B.

Living in the Promised Land provides:

  • Sermon-based commentaries on the Old Testament and Gospel passages for each week (including Ash Wednesday),
  • Theme-based liturgies for each week (including an ‘Imposition of Ashes’ rite for Ash Wednesday,
  • A specially written Service of the Table which can be used on any week where the Eucharist is celebrated),
  • Hymn suggestions,
  • Small group guidelines,
  • Suggestions for personal devotional practice.

If you are looking for ways to design Lenten worship gatherings—online or in-person—that will take your community into a deeper experience of living the values and priorities of God’s Reign, then Living in the Promised Land is for you!

Download a sample of Living in the Promised Land, which contains the Sermon Starter and Liturgy for Ash Wednesday.

The following Chapters make up the journey of Living in the Promised Land:

ASH WEDNESDAY: ETERNITY NOW

Ultimately, the ashes we place on our foreheads are a necessary reminder—ash is what everything that is not eternal becomes. Even we are, in one sense, nothing but dust. But we are also so much more. The problem is when we forget this, and allow our sense of ourselves, and our lives to be built on what will ultimately become ash. True life—eternal life—is found when we embrace that which is more than ash—those qualities and practices and values that are eternal.

LENT 1B: FINDING A NEW HOME

The good news of the Gospel, of Jesus’ message and life, is that we are not unwanted—no one is. God has a home for us if we will just believe it and receive it. The power of this gift to bring life and wholeness, meaning and purpose to our lives is inexpressible, but our belonging in God’s Realm is not just a gift to us. It changes both how we live in the world and the world we live in.

LENT 2B: A QUESTION OF TRUST

As we continue to travel deeper into the promise of God, the nature of this amazing new world that God offers us becomes increasingly clear. All that remains is, once again, the basic question of trust: what is life—true, vibrant abundant life—worth to us? And are we willing for God to give us the faith to go for it?

LENT 3B: PLAYING THE FOOL

The Promised Land is not about geography. It’s about living in a new community, with an alternative way of being that is built on love for God and one another. And, as naive and foolish as this might sound, it is this Reign of God that is the doorway to peace, justice, joy, and abundance. If you make the choice to seek this Promised Land, you will discover that you’re not the only one. There is a whole community of fools who have chosen to follow God’s Own Fool into the Promised Land.

LENT 4B: LOOKING UP

As long as we gaze on the promises and primping of Empire, in whatever form it may take in our situation, we will remain enslaved by it. It is only as we look higher, to the crucified and resurrected Christ, that we are healed and liberated.

LENT 5B: DYING WE LIVE

Once we have tasted the Promised Land, there is no going back. Once the vision of God’s Reign has performed its surgery on our hearts, we can no longer settle for anything less. Entering this Promised Land may feel like a death—it is a death—but it is only the seed that dies that truly lives.

Download a sample of Living in the Promised Land, which contains the Sermon Starter and Liturgy for Ash Wednesday.

 


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