New Life Episcopal Church

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At the Crossroads – Lenten Series

Join us for At the Crossroads, a special series of services for the season of Lent. Each service in the series reveals in some way how Christ and his cross lead us to decide the path of God’s will in our many crossroads in life.

In Week One in the series Judas Iscariot comes to the point where he must either listen to Jesus or listen to the devil and he chooses to betray Jesus. When we are tempted by Satan to betray our Lord, we gain strength from our Savior to say, “No” to the devil. The service includes readings from Scripture, a children’s sermon, a sermon dialog with Judas and hymns that help us avoid the crossroads of betrayal.

In Week Three in the series Jesus is taken into custody and he chooses to show compassion to a wounded participant in the arrest. We are called to show compassion, not anger, even to those in our midst whom we might consider our enemies. The service includes readings from Scripture, a children’s sermon, a sermon dialog with the servant Malchus who was healed and hymns that help us to come to the crossroads of compassion ready to love others as Christ loved us.

In Week Four in the series Peter is asked to declare whether or not he knows Jesus and he decides to deny his Savior. When questioned about our Lord, we are called to boldly declare our faith in Christ. The service includes readings from Scripture, a children’s sermon, a sermon dialog with Peter and hymns that help us to come to the crossroads of declaration ready to announce our allegiance to the Lord.

In Week Five in the series Jesus nears the time when he must die for our sins and he asks his Father if the cup might pass from him. But when the time comes, he obeys his Father’s will. When we are called upon to follow God’s will, we must obey. The service includes readings from Scripture, a children’s sermon, a sermon dialog with John and hymns that help us to come to the crossroads of obedience ready to follow God’s plan for us wholeheartedly.