This evening we enjoyed a simple dinner of homemade mac & cheese and green beans while we shared in a worship service themed after Jesus’ wandering in the desert wilderness for 40 days, where he was tempted by the devil.

The centerpieces of cactuses & sands recalled the desert lands, while we viewed photos of the Judean desert taken on the recent Holy Land Pilgrimage.   We asked, “what does the desert remind you of?  Make you think of?  How do you feel when you find yourself out in the “wilderness” in your life, whatever shape that may take?

We sang several contemporary worship songs, with Pastor Marisa leading.



We also learned a breathing technique for meditation from Mary Friedman, designed to assist us in our internal journey this Lenten season.  On the tables, there was a “homework sheet” for children to use over lent week by week – say the Lord’s prayer once a day, pass the peace each day in your home, experience nature, and so on.

At the end of the night when we were cleaning up, we learned that during worship one of the children had created a special homage to Pastor Marisa out of the Duplo Legos in the children’s area, featuring Pastor Marisa ministering to a group of wild creatures from a colorful pulpit.

How does the idea of a desert make you feel?  What do you think Jesus was thinking & doing in the desert during those forty days, until his final triumph over temptation?  Please leave your comments below.

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