BLC #Lent2016 – Deepening Faith, Surprising Grace

Year C 2016 Lent PromoWith Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent, this year we journey through the season meditating on “Deepening Faith, Surprising Grace”.

These series follows from our meditation throughout Epiphany, when the Messiah was made known to us. Throughout Lent, we will be challenged to deepen our faith in God afresh.

Beginning with Ash Wednesday, we remind ourselves of our mortality. We are then invited to journey through the wilderness to reexamine the struggle of our will to follow Him; to reconsider the fruitfulness of our lives; to confront our sense of unworthiness as people who are ‘lost’; and express once again a Grace that is costly not only for God but also for us in these trying times.

While these thoughts may seem very heavy on the “law”, the Gospel is proclaimed in a way that surprises us with grace: from how God desires to gather us back to Him; how He gives us time to return to Him and bear fruit again; how He embraces us even though we are unworthy; and in the example of Jesus accepting Mary’s costly offering,

The deepening of our faith merely opens us up to appreciate God’s surprising grace in our lives anew, which empowers us to press on especially when times are hard.

Throughout Lent, we will be using this Lenten devotional together, “Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land” – available in both regular and large print versions (click links to download PDFs).

Lent culminates in Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and ends with Good Friday, before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection at Easter.

All events are open, so all are welcome – please feel free to invite your loved ones.

Date Topic Readings Preacher
14 Feb Wilderness Christianity OT: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

NT: Romans 10:8b-13

Gospel: Luke 4:1-13

Rev. Thomas Low
21 Feb God’s Desire vs. Human Will OT: Genesis 15:1-12,17-18

NT: Philippians 3:17-4:1

Gospel: Luke 23:31-35

Rev. Dr. Sivin
28 Feb Barrenness or Fruitfulness OT: Isaiah 55:1-9

NT: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

Leigh Wong
06 Mar No Longer Worthy? OT: Joshua 5:9-12

NT: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Rev. Dr. Sivin
13 Mar Costly Grace OT: Isaiah 43:16-21

NT: Philippians 3:4b-14

Gospel: John 12:1-8

Ps. Daniel
20 Mar Palm Sunday: A King With A Difference OT: Isaiah 50:4-9a

NT: Philippians 2:5-11

Gospel: Luke 19:28-40

Rev. Phillip Lok

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