Lent is our opportunity to engage some of life’s significant rhythms with a degree of intentionality. In my opinion, life is a busy experiment with opportunities guided by a sense of joy and wonder in all of God’s works. Life often is a heavy lift where we navigate human proclivities, our own and those of others that are not always noble. While Sabbath is a weekly rhythm pointing to rest and rejuvenation, it is also a reminder that human agency is a contextual appropriation of incarnational giftedness limited in time and space. Our actions and ideas are an extension of divine values that, while delightfully enjoyed because of lives faithfully lived, will also continue beyond us because of the hope that God’s dream will find human agency in future. Therefore, a Christian understanding of rest assumes a tag-teaming of apostolic proportions where we, the faithful, are communally and constantly sending each other to act as well as to rest. To a Christian, death is rest from good work done faithfully. It is not defeat. Death also is a transition in a set of local, global and cosmic relationships. Hence the phrase and practice, “rest in peace.” Since our mortal existence does mean that we will all eventually rest, lent is an invitation to consider things that are of eternal significance in our active iteration of this amazing experiment called life involving resistance of that which is negative and an embrace of life-giving energy in order to attain fullness of our God-given potential.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, unmovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because in the Lord your labor is not in vain. First Corinthians 15:58
Prayers of the People for Lent, Developed by Diocesan Youth
This year, youth in the Diocesan of Rochester have developed Prayers of the People for Lent. Part of the Pilgrimage of Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, the prayers present an opportunity for your parish to journey on the diocesan pilgrimage during Lent.
Download the 2016 Lenten Prayers of the People here