In John 15, Jesus describes how the ability to live the Christian way of life flows not from our efforts, but from what he calls “abiding” in God. Without that, he says, we can do nothing as Christians. Spiritual director and writer Jan Johnson expands on Jesus’ teaching: “Trying to do things that good people are supposed to do is misguided,” she writes. “The inner life of the soul must be transformed so that we become the kind of person” who acts in the way Jesus describes. Like most transformations, this one happens gradually, as we invite God into small areas of our daily experience.
For our 2017 Lenten program, Experiments in Christlikeness, we’ll use material developed by Jan Johnson to look at three specific characteristics of the beautiful life we see in Jesus. What is he like? What would we be like if we were becoming the kind of person who acts as he does? How can we try out specific things that help us connect with him in order to become that kind of person? If you’ve wondered about the How-To of living the way Jesus describes, this Lenten program is for you!
After setting aside a week so many of us can attend our organist Michael Fisher’s recital at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mattoon, we’ll gather on three Sunday evenings for a simple Lenten supper (hosts needed) at 5:30, then spend from 6-7pm entering into three characteristics of God’s way of being with us and getting ready to try our own Experiments in Christlikeness during the week. Join us for all three:
- March 19 Attentive Listening
- March 26 Welcoming the Stranger
- Apr 2 Speaking the Truth in Love
A packet of reading material is available in the office; you will benefit most if you pick it up and begin reading before the sessions begin.