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1424 Morganton Road (P.O. Box 53276)
Fayetteville, NC 28305
(910) 484-8052
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St. James is the ELCA Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) in the Greater Fayetteville area.

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Lenten Worship Vespers - 2016

Wednesday 7:00 pm

Forty Days: A Journey Through Our Wilderness

Before there is light there is darkness. Before there is birth, there is pain. Before every meaningful moment there is a time of preparation, a time of longing. Lent is the forty days that we set aside to enter into the wilderness of our souls and find that place of quiet, openness and emptiness. Lent is more than about self-denial and giving up indulgences, it is about preparation and encounter. It was in the desert where Jesus encountered the demons of his deepest temptations, but it was also where he found God’s sustaining presence and love.

Before there is light there is darkness. Before there is birth, there is pain. Before every meaningful moment there is a time of preparation, a time of longing. Lent is the forty days that we set aside to enter into the wilderness of our souls and find that place of quiet, openness and emptiness. Lent is more than about self-denial and giving up indulgences, it is about preparation and encounter. It was in the desert where Jesus encountered the demons of his deepest temptations, but it was also where he found God’s sustaining presence and love.

Forty Days is a series of poems - stories about finding home. Jesus’ journey is also like our journey, an attempt to capture the place of longing in every heart; it is an attempt to go back to the garden. However, as we make our way through life, we come to realize that Eden is a distant dream, a reality that we might not ever come into being. We either become cynical or attempt to build our own paradise. In contrast, Jesus’ life was not about this long lost garden, but something greater, a new Eden, a new Jerusalem, a new Kingdom. However, in order to find this new home the journey might take a detour through the wilderness, and what we may find there might test the very core of who we are.  

This series offers us an opportunity for reflection, discussion, and entering into places of our hearts we might not often journey. Come. Take part in the journey of the heart, a journey that will lead us out of Lent, into a parade of palms, around a table of bread and wine, to the darkness and death of a Friday, and into the hope of Easter.

This series is created by The Work of The People.

       

 Instead of feeding ourselves, this year our focus will be on feeding others. Each week we will collect different foods (vegetable, fruit, dry goods, etc.) for the food pantry of Fayetteville Urban Ministries.

 

February 10      Instant Mashed Potatoes

February 17      Canned Fruit

February 24      Pancake Mix & Syrup

March 02          Beef Stew

March 09          Turnips & Collards

March 16          Pork 'n' Beans

Mar 25 (Good Fri)   Treats and Snacks

Mar 26 (Easter VIgil)     Treats and Snacks