"Not as I will, but as you will," Jesus prayed to his Father in the night before he went to the cross for our salvation. And that is our prayer as well this Lent as we seek to do God's will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. Written by Rev. Justin Rossow, each service in the series focuses on a different aspect of God's will at work among us Biblical characters are used as insightful reference point each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day.
Below is the Midweek Sermon Series for Lent and the focus for each week. The recorded messages for each week will be added on this page. If you miss a week, please check here to listen.
Note that except for Ash Wednesday, all mid week services are on Thursday evenings.
Ash Wednesday February 14: God's Will and God's Promise - By faith, Abraham trusted the will of God when he promised that a son would be born to him. God's will was done when that son, Isaac, was born, and God's will was done when his Son Jesus came into the world to redeem his people.
Week 1 - Thursday February 22: God's Will and My Inadequacy - At first, Moses did not think he could free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But God worked through him to set his people free. In Lent we remember that God sent his Son to do his will and set all people free from the slavery of sin.
Week 2 Thursday March 1: God's Will and My Dreams - Anointed by God to rule in Israel, King David was called by God to shepherd his people, but often failed to live up to God's will for him. We welcome the Good Shepherd into our lives who fulfills God's will perfectly to gather his wandering sheep into the sheepfold of heaven.
Week 3 Thursday March 8: God's Will and My Identity - In humility, Mary dutifully accepted the role God had given here to become the mother of our Savior. That Son would later accept his role, faithfully following the path his Father had in mind for him to save us all.
Week 4 Thursday March 15: God's Will and My Worldview - On the road to Damascus, Paul had his worldview turned upside down when God called him to preach the name of the christ he had been persecuting. We follow God's will by putting the crucified Christ at the center of our worldview.
Week 5 Thursday March 22: God's Will and My Response - Lydia followed the will of God by responding in faith and hospitality when the Gospel message of Christ's sacrifice was preached to her. We follow the will of God by responding in love and service to one another in return for what Christ has done for us.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1