Covenants of various kinds are found throughout the Old and New Testaments, and are highlighted in the Lenten Scriptures of Lectionary Year B. Promises are made and broken, narrowed, expanded, and reimagined. The covenants that God makes with the people of God provide hints at the nature of the relationship intended between God and creation, as well as guidelines for how we are to relate to God and to one another. We start the Lenten journey discovering how vastly inclusive God’s covenant is and that it is extended from generation to generation. As humans, though, we struggle with barriers getting in the way and are in need of guidelines and eventually a new covenant. As we approach Holy Week, we are invited to lay down the barrier of our preconceived understandings and expectations, and to realize the good news that in Jesus’ death and resurrection there is no longer anything in between us and God.
The theme “Between Me & You” is multifaceted. It refers to the relationship between us and God; it also refers to the relationship between people, and the relationship between people and the rest of creation. Covenants are made between two parties, and things also come in between those parties. As humans, we may struggle with maintaining our relationships and commitments. We bind and blind ourselves with limitations and barriers. Like Mary standing at the empty tomb on Easter morning, we find ourselves confused and disoriented at the new reality of nothing between us.
A Lenten Guided Prayer resource will be available for February 18 to April 1, 2018. This year’s theme, “The Courage to Covenant“, invites us to consider our relationship with God, with one another, and with all of creation. Through personal reflection and time spent with familiar scripture stories, we will give ourselves to the slow way of deep change. You may access the weekly prayer suggestions and scripture readings online in our Lenten Guided Resources page. Please contact Michele if you’d like to be part of a small prayer group during this period, or if you would like further information