Tag Archive: lent

Mar 19

Daily Scripture Readings for Lent

Meditating on scripture deepens our relationship with God and is a traditional devotional practice for the season of Lent.

A printable list of daily readings for the forty days of Lent can be found here. Daily readings include a Psalm, an Old Testament reading, and one or two New Testament readings.

The Revised Common Lectionary provides scripture readings for every day of the year and can be found here.

Mar 10

Wednesday Evening Lenten Worship

Congregations of the Swissvale area ministerium will be hosting worship services Wednesday evenings at 7 PM during Lent.  A Good Friday via dolorosa walk will also be held during Holy Week.  All are invited to attend.

Services will be held at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, March 16, 7 PM: Living Spirit Ministry United Methodist Church, 7415 Irvine St.
  • Wednesday, March 23, 7 PM: Swissvale Presbyterian Church, 1825 Monongahela Ave.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 7 PM: Swisshelm Park Primitive Methodist Church, 241 Homestead St.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 7 PM: Union Baptist Church, 2117 Collingwood Ave.
  • Wednesday, April 13, 7 PM: St. John Lutheran Church, 7327 McClure Ave.
  • Friday, April 22, 11:30 AM: Via dolorosa walk begins at Word of God Roman Catholic Church, 7446 McClure Ave.
  • Friday, April 22, 12 noon: Via dolorosa walk ends at Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, 2018 South Braddock Ave.

Mar 06

Lent 2011: Nooma and unChristian

Lent is a period of spiritual self-examination and penance in preparation for Easter.  Each of the five Sundays in Lent, our adult Christian Education class will watch and discuss a Nooma video, and the sermon will focus on a chapter from the book unChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. 

These resources can be tools for us during Lent as we reevaluate what it means to be Christian in a new generation.  People of all ages are invited: Christian Education for adults and children is at 9:30 AM and worship is at 11 AM.

Nooma Video Series

Nooma (from the Greek word “pneuma,” meaning Spirit) is a video series produced between 2002 and 2009 that features Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church.  Each short video focuses on a different spiritual topic.  We will be watching and discussing videos that correspond to the unChristian sermon series, including:

  • Mar. 13: Sunday
  • Mar. 20: Bullhorn
  • Mar. 27: Name
  • Apr. 3: You
  • Apr. 10: Corner

unChristian Sermon Series

This book explores what a new generation of young adults thinks about Christianity.  Published in 2007, it is based upon extensive research from the Barna Group.  Kinnaman and Lyons say, “The research shows that Christians are best known for what they are against.  They are perceived as being judgmental, antihomosexual, and too political.  And young people are quick to point out they believe that Christianity is no longer as Jesus intended. It is unChristian.”

We will focus on the following themes in worship as we seek to transform our lives and the negative perceptions other have of us:

  • Mar. 9 (Ash Wednesday): Hypocritical
  • Mar. 13: Judgmental
  • Mar. 20: Too focused on getting converts
  • Mar. 27: Antihomosexual
  • Apr. 3: Too political
  •  Apr. 10: Sheltered