The Mystery of God.
In 2019, our Lent course delves more deeply into the mystery of God, seeking to rediscover what it is that draws us so deeply in our search for God. We will follow Jesus through the Lenten readings, allowing him to draw us, in love and wonder, into the mystery of God’s plan of salvation.
Background to the theme
In 2017, the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) ran a mission project for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was called ‘the 95 missional theses project’ and every day for 95 days before the anniversary on 31st October 2017, the group issued a statement, based on the five marks of mission, about the sort of Church we might believe in. You can read the 95 Missional Theses (PDF).
The statement which, overwhelmingly, got the most attention, was:
We believe in a Church that is more concerned with the mystery that is God
than with its own success
There will be seven resources, one for each week of Lent and two extra resources for Ash Wednesday and for Palm Sunday. The themes will be:
- 6 March 2019 – Ash Wednesday: The Mystery of Life and Death
- 10 March 2019 – Lent 1: The Mystery of Good and Evil
- 17 March 2019 – Lent 2: The Mystery of God’s Glory
- 24 March 2019 – Lent 3: The Mystery of Sin, Suffering and Hope
- 31 March 2019 – Lent 4: (Mothering Sunday) The Mystery of Parenthood and Adoption
- 7 April 2019 – Lent 5: The Mystery of Love and Sacrifice
- 14 April 2019 – Palm Sunday: the Mystery of Joy and Salvation
In each resource there will be different sections, colour coded so that you can choose which parts of the resource to use, depending on what you and/or your group like to do:
- Yellow sections are conversation starters and things to think about
- Blue sections involve prayer and engagement with Scripture
- Green sections offer something to do – like watch a piece of video and talk about it
- Pink sections involve theological reflection and an invitation to deepen and develop your devotional practice
The course will be available to download late 2018 / early 2019 and may be made available in published form. Please check back here for updates.