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The unfinished work of faith

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It is frustrating to begin work on something that I eventually have to let go of, unfinished. When a process begins and I am unable to see the end result, or an unexpected roadblock veers me to the point of no return, I am left feeling dissatisfied, discouraged, and disappointed. A crumpled piece of paper ends up on the floor scribbled with words that attempt to describe thoughts and feelings that turn out to be too difficult to share.
 
For me, Lent gives us the chance to explore this kind of tension together in worship. The season offers us a clear beginning and end, yet the faithful work we do during these forty days combined with the transformative nature of our relationship with God has the potential to leave a lasting impact we may never fully understand.

We say, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,” at the same time we hear, “I will take your heart of stone and give you back a heart of flesh.” Not fully understanding what this faithful work accomplishes nor seeing satisfying results might make us uncomfortable and tempt us to question the point. I wonder if that discomfort is a signal for us to trust more fully. Because in the end, after we journey these forty days and arrive at the cross on Good Friday, we still trust the tomb will be empty three days later.

We still have faith that the end of this particular story is just the beginning.

So, then, I will ask: what are you willing to let go unfinished?


Join us on your unfinished Lenten journey
Starting March 1, we hope you will join us over the course of this 40-day journey to Easter. Below, you'll find the many ways you can worship and grow at CtK during Lent.

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sunday worship: unfinished
Sundays, March 5-April 2, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
We will use a liturgy specifically curated for Lent framed by simple congregational songs that will be used consistently from week to week.

midweek noon service
Wednesdays, March 8-April 5, 12 noon in Sanctuary
This traditional worship service includes hymns and brief message.
Service followed by soup lunch.

midweek evening service: a heart of flesh
Wednesdays, March 8-April 5, 6:30 p.m. in Chapel
A Heart of Flesh is a simple contemplative worship service based on Ezekiel 36 and Psalm 51. Each week in Lent we will gather around the cross
to sing and pray.


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unfinished mural
Christ the King member and resident artist, Jenny Popp, has designed a mural for you to finish during Lent. Each piece of the mural will be made available as a bulletin insert every week for you to take, color in, and display.
Download the first piece

sunday morning creation station
In worship following the children’s message, there will be a place dedicated for writing, drawing, and coloring located on the far side of the organ. This space is meant to give our youngest members a place to complete their Lenten murals. Adults are welcome to join their children.
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lenten book study
Thursdays, March 9-April 6, 12:00 noon
The 2017 Lenten Book Study will explore Jim Wallis's America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New AmericaRegister online.

staff spiritual practice: pray and bake
Thursdays, March 9-April 6, 12:00 noon
Members of your Christ the King staff will gather every Thursday to pray and bake communion bread that will be used in worship during Lent.
Anyone is welcome to join in this practice.

lenten prayer chapel
Open at all times, we welcome and encourage you to come and spend time in prayer and reflection throughout the season of Lent. There will be separate areas set up in the chapel for you to take up different postures of prayer by kneeling, sitting, and standing—whatever is most comfortable and meaningful to you. Come as you are and see for yourself.




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