Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Join Us for Lent 2016

The penitential season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 10, 2016. Join us for worship services at 12:10 pm and 7:30 pm.

Our Wednesday Lenten Bible Study focuses on “Short Stories by Jesus.” In her book by the same title, Professor Amy-Jill Levine delves into “the enigmatic parables of a controversial rabbi” as these might have been heard by the Jewish hearers of Jesus. Drawing on Levine’s insights, Pastor Kathleen Reed will lead the conversation, focusing on one parable per week. Having access to Levine’s book is not necessary but may be helpful. (Available from Harvard Book Store or Amazon.com.) This study series will be offered twice on Wednesdays from February 17 to March 16: Brown Bag Bible Study from noon to 1 PM, and Pizza Bible Study from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Another Wednesday evening option, especially convenient for those who work or study near Kendall Square, is Wednesday Worship with the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT, where Pastor Kari Jo also serves. The group gathers each Wednesday at 5:15 pm in the MIT Chapel for a simple but beautiful service of word and sacrament, followed by a home-cooked meal in an adjacent building. All are welcome.

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is on the menu, Fridays in Lent. This four-part series will open ears and imaginations for a deeper, devotional hearing of J. S. Bach’s masterpiece. With church musician Stephen Reed as our guide, we will gather for light supper at 6 pm, and from 6:30 to 7:30 pm we will explore a section of the Passion and conclude with listening and prayer. Join us on February 19, February 26, March 4, and March 11. The snow date is March 18.

A take-home Lenten devotional based on the 14 Scriptural Stations of the Cross can deepen your observance this season. Over the course of the week, from Sunday to Sunday, you are invited to take home a box that contains a Bible passage that narrates a moment on the path Jesus traveled from his arrest to his crucifixion and burial; a small work of wearable art wrought in metal by Alice Argon; and a brief explanation of the Stations tradition with the overview of all 14 stations. At the end of the week, you may return the station and pick up a different one.

The student choir of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, will be packing 20,000 meals here at UniLu before they give a concert at Harvard’s Memorial Church at 8 pm on Wednesday, February 24. We are co-sponsoring this event with Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Manchester, New Hampshire. Our UniLu goal is to support these students with $2,500 for 10,000 meals. Make checks payable to “Outreach” with 2/24 in the memo line.

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