A Lent Progression

Great friend and worship leader Nathan Rousu and his community (Harvest Vineyard) in Alberta are very intentionally walking through the Lent season together.

With his permission, I’m posting their approach as a tool for your use. They are a contemporary Church, seeking to recover more timeless yearly patterns in engaging their community in the fullness of the Human Story.

February 6 – Ash Wednesday
Send out communication reminding everyone of the start of Lent.

February 10
The Temptation of Jesus
Texts: Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Hebrews 4:14ff

February 17
Jesus declaration in the Temple and the subsequent rejection
Text: Luke 4:16-30

February 24
By whose power? – The Beelzebub accusation
Text: Matt 12:22-32

March 2
The feeding of the 5000, the bread of life, and subsequent rejection
Text: John 6

March 9
Gethsemane – Stay awake!
Text: Matthew 26:36ff

March 16
Palm Sunday – Be prepared (with oil), for you don’t know when the Son will appear
Text: Matthew 25:1-13

March 21
Good Friday service (noon – 3pm ??)

March 23
Easter Sunday Celebration

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Ash Wednesday
Psalm 51:1-13
Joel 2:12-19
2 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:2
Mathew 6:1-6, 16-21

First Sunday in Lent–> This Or this Or this
Psalm lesson: Psalm 130 Psalm 6 Psalm 91
OT lesson: Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17, 3:1-7 Genesis 22:1-18 Deut 26:5-10
Epistle lesson: Romans 5:12, (13-16) 17-19 Romans 8:31-39 Romans 10:8b-13
Gospel lesson: Matthew 4:1-11 Mark 1:12-15 Luke 4:1-13

Second Sunday in Lent
Psalm lesson: Psalm 105:4-11 Psalm 115:1, 9-18 Psalm 42:1-7, 11-15
OT lesson: Genesis 12:1-8 Gen 28:10-17 (18-22) Jeremiah 26:8-15
Epistle lesson: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 Romans 5:1-11 Philippians 3:17-4:1
Gospel lesson: John 4:5-26 (27-30, 39-42) Mark 8:31-38 Luke 13:31-35

Third Sunday in Lent
Psalm lesson: Psalm 142 Psalm 19:7-14 Psalm 126
OT lesson: Isaiah 42:14-21 Exodus 20:1-17 Exodus 3:1-8b, 10-15
Epistle lesson: Ephesians 5:8-14 I Corinthians 1:22-25 I Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel lesson: John 9:1-41 John 2:13-22 Luke 13:1-9
OR John 9:13-17, 34-39

Fourth Sunday in Lent
Psalm lesson: Psalm 43 Psalm 27:1-9 (10-18) Psalm 32
OT lesson: Hosea 5:15-6:2 Numbers 21:4-9 Isaiah 12:1-6
Epistle lesson: Romans 8:1-10 Ephesians 2:4-10 1 Cor 1:18-31 OR 1:18, 22-25
Gospel lesson: Matthew 20:17-28 John 3:14-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Fifth Sunday in Lent
Psalm lesson: Psalm 116:1-8 Psalm 51:11-16 Psalm 28:1-3, 7-11
OT lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-3 (4-10) 11-14 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Isaiah 43:16-21
Epistle lesson: Romans 8:11-19 Hebrews 5:7-9 Philippians 3:8-14
Gospel lesson: John 11:1-53 John 12:20-33 Luke 20:9-19
OR John 11:47-53

Palm Sunday
Psalm lesson: Psalm 31:1-5, 9-16 Psalm 31:1-5, 9-16 Psalm 31:1-5, 9-16
OT lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9a Zechariah 9:9-10 Deut 32:36-39
Epistle lesson: Philippians 2:5-11 Philippians 2:5-11 Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel lesson: Matthew 26:1-27:66 Mark 14:1-15:47 Luke 22:1-23:56
OR Matthew 27:11-54 OR Mark 15:1-39 OR Luke 23:1-49