“A Table in the Wilderness”

Journeying through Lent, reflecting on God’s care and provision

Lent, a name derived from the Latin word lente, meaning “slow” but also “springtime,” is a beautiful season offering many spiritual resources to those who commit to the forty-day journey. This is especially true when it is a shared journey with a community intentionally praying for God’s love to find new places to bloom in the deserts of our lives. Modelled after Jesus’ forty days in the desert, Lent is a time to become more open to God through the vulnerabilities of life. The questions of ancient Israel resound in our hearts: can God really spread a table before us (Psalm 23) in the presence of global and personal fears and sorrow?

Our Lenten observance this year comes with an invitation to bring that doubt, fear, sorrow, loneliness, and dryness before God and join with others wanting to taste God’s promised provision in the deserts of life. At Melville, we’re looking forward to finding many ways to take that journey of trust and provision together this Lent, beginning with our Weekly Sunday worship following the theme “A Table in the Wilderness”. This series highlights one biblical character each week along with the way God provided food for them in their wildernesses. Opportunities for personal prayer and reflection, community prayer and fellowship, and opportunities to share our provisions with others will continue to be added as we move together through this season.

Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, marking the beginning of our forty-day journey to Easter. Will you join us as we worship the God who feeds us with the food only our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer can provide?

Some of the Resources we’re using this season used by permission from Reformed Worship 146


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