It has been an unsettling year, even traumatizing at times. The pandemic has been devastating. Political division has been polarizing. Denominational concerns weigh heavily upon hearts and minds. Clergy and church leaders are weary. Congregations are drained. Souls are hurting.
And yet, the cross-carrying, heart-deepening, Resurrection-anticipating journey of Lent calls out to the church, inviting us to journey alongside Jesus into those significant spaces where his Way intersects with our sorrow and our joy, our grief and our rejoicing, our despair and our hope. These places of intersection might be called “cross sections.” They are territories of revelation and transformation in which Jesus incarnates a saving and sanctifying grace in often surprising ways.
Some of your Conference’s leaders have created a spiritual Lenten journey, entitled “Cross Sections.” Grounded in Scripture and prayer, “Cross Sections” is designed to help you and your congregation both to pray deeply and to engage meaningfully with Scripture throughout the Lenten season.
The sincere hope is that this journey into the “cross sections” will be an opportunity to experience afresh the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Jesus Christ in a manner that leads to greater healing, deeper discernment, and a more vibrant experience of the joy of our salvation. May it be so.