Join IPC as We Journey in "The Way of Blessedness"
It may seem odd to speak of “blessedness” in the midst of a pandemic. So many of us are feeling isolated, depressed, worried about the health of family and friends, and anxious about the future.
With all of this uncertainty swirling around us, how can anyone feel “blessed” right now?! Yet, this is exactly how the crowd felt when Jesus gave his sermon on the mount. There, Jesus presents the Beatitudes, a laundry list of promises, that are frankly, not the kind of promises we would want.
Blessed are: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
These are definitely not the things we typically ascribe to become, but maybe that’s the point. Maybe these beatitudes are less instruction and more description. Maybe Jesus is actually looking out over this sea of broken humanity and simply blessing people, the kind who never seem to receive blessings otherwise. In that regard, there’s not a better time to talk about blessedness than now.
Lent at IPC
Join us this Lenten season as we explore the Beatitudes and their promise for something good to emerge from the dust of something not good. Perhaps that is not the way we would prefer, but nonetheless, we can entrust ourselves to a God who speaks special promises for all of us who are small, suffering, shy, and sorrowful.
Worship more fully this Lenten season by joining us on Sundays, on Ash Wednesday and during Holy Week. Virtual and in-person options are available.
We've created a Lenten Devotional Guide for our families. Flip through to explore the Beatitudes with weekly scripture readings, wondering questions, and prayer as we journey with Jesus to Easter Sunday.