Lent at Lake Harriet UMC


In Lent, we’re reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament again, we mess up again. Again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats—every time lives are taken unjustly, every time the powerful choose corruption and violence, every time individuals forget how to love. With exacerbation we exclaim, “Again?! How long, O God?” And yet, in the midst of the motion blur chaos of our lives, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward.


This theme provides a clear invitation in a time when much is unclear. Even if worshiping apart, we come to God again and again with our prayers, our dreams, our hopes, and our doubts. Even if from a distance, we will continue to be community to one another—especially when it’s hard—by choosing each other over and over again. We will continue to love God with the same persistence God chooses and claims us. Our sub-theme, A Lenten Refrain, speaks to the ways God can make music of our lives. “Refrain” also reminds us that Lent is a season of abstaining from certain or harmful practices in order to take on new rhythms and habits.


In this season, we need rituals—both old and new—to remember and be transformed. Embodied practice builds muscle memory. Repetition helps retrain our neural pathways. We need the 46 days of Lent because this season shapes us into more faithful disciples. Join us this Lent as again and again, we bring all of who we are to God and trust that God will meet us, time and again, along the way.



Lenten study with Pastor Karen Bruins

Tuesday nights at 8:00p via Zoom

February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23

Join Pastor Karen Bruins in the Lenten study of “Love Is The Way” by Bishop Michael Curry. From his own experiences, Curry demonstrates again and again how love can overcome poverty, racism, injustice, violence, and every other obstacle in its path. You need deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, an uncommon common wisdom, a belief in human dignity, and a practice of nonviolence. The book is available for purchase at bookstores everywhere and through the Hennepin County Public Library. To sign up, click here.