The season of Lent is just around the corner. I look forward to this Lenten time on the church calendar, as I find that so much spiritual depth can come about, individually and collectively, by embracing each new season in our tradition and immersing ourselves in it. I love the distinct door of entrance into each of our liturgical seasons that we are given, profoundly reminding us that we are moving into a new intentional spiritual rhythm.
In a couple of weeks, leaders in our churches will be standing in front of our congregations, saying and praying this moving invitation:
"I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word."
This new Lenten liturgy focuses on the life and ministry of Moses in the Hebrew Bible and of Jesus in the Gospels, and the parallels between them, and is based on an alternative set of Biblical readings. The Wyoming Worship Committee hopes that drawing these parallels together throughout the season of Lent may help people experience Lent in a new way.
The new set of readings for this liturgy draws from Exodus and Matthew with responsorial Psalms and Collects for each Sunday. The Biblical readings selected provide content with depth for preaching and worship as we make our way through Lent.
There is material for services of Holy Communion and for Word & Prayer, which will work with the new readings provided. However, they also can work as well with readings from the Revised Common Lectionary if that is preferable.