Parade at the gates of Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover! What fun . . . but there were two, not just one! Pontius Pilate was arriving to great pomp, trumpets and colour mounted on a white armour-clad war horse through the gates on the west side of the city. Meanwhile a Galilean misfit hopped a she-donkey on the other side of town and was shouted on by a bunch of branch-toting yahoos. Which parade would you follow?
This Lent, we invite you to engage in the spiritual practice of seeking. “Seeking: honest questions for deeper faith.” We will be using the resource A Sanctified Art which has been created to support worshiping communities in integrating art and creativity into their spiritual practices.
We encourage you to stay curious, open, and nimble. We hope you will soften your assumptions and expand your perspectives. We pray that these questions will create a safe space to explore—to be drawn more deeply into the fullness of life, into the heart of God.
We will be exploring many stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking, and in these stories, each person is seeking a new beginning, a different life, a deeper faith. What unfolds is an exchange filled with questions and exploration. Often, an unveiling occurs—assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.
Many of our weekly questions feel restorative. Some feel like a charge or challenge. Some questions are hopeful and curious. Our questions won't necessarily lead to answers, but they can help us find clarity and a new perspective. Ultimately, we pray they lead to a new beginning, a restoration, a wider grace.
Like the characters in our Lenten scriptures, we are also seeking many things: clarity, connection, wonder, justice, balance. We are seeking our calling, the sacred, and how to live as a disciple. Throughout the turbulence of the past few years, many of us are asking big questions about our lives and our faith. We hope this series will help us unpack some of those big questions in ways that are honest and faithful. Throughout this season, we hope you will continually ask yourself: what am I seeking? What is God seeking?