Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday

February 14 – March 31

One of the most important words in the world is the Hebrew word “Timshol.” Steinbeck wrote about it in East of Eden. Mumford and Sons sang about it in “Timshel.”  In the Bible, it appears in the story of Cain and Abel when, just before Cain murders his brother out of jealous anger, God tells him that while sin is lurking at the door, “You may master it.”

Timshol means something like “You may master,” and it reminds us that we have the freedom to choose to fight through—and prevail over—our worst human impulses like anger, hatred, greed, and the need to be in control. Timshol reminds us that, by God’s strength, we have the power to choose to be better humans by acting with more compassion, grace, mercy, and self-restraint. 

In this season of Lent, we’ll explore what it means to master the impulses that make us less human by surrendering to the grace of God that, over time, perfects us in divine love.

Ash Wednesday • February 14 | You May Master It… • Genesis 4:1-9 & Isaiah 58:1-12 | Bulletin

February 18 | The Will • Mark 1:9-11 & 1 Peter 3:18-22 | BulletinOrder of Worship

February 25 | “The Ego” • Mark 8:31-38 & Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 | BulletinOrder of Worship

March 3 | “Desire” • John 2:13-22

March 10 | “Imperfection” • John 3:14-21 & Ephesians 2:8-10

March 17 | “Vulnerability” • John 12:24-33 & Hebrews 5:7-9

Palm Sunday • March 24 | “Shame” • Isaiah 50:4-9a & John 12:12-16

Easter Sunday • March 31 | “The Paradox of Life” • Mark 6:1-18