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Living Our Baptismal Calling: Lent and Easter 2023

All-Church Worship Brainstorming

“Living Our Baptismal Calling”

A lectionary-based (Year A) Lenten series

February 22 – April 9, 2023 (Ash Wednesday, 5 weeks of Lent, Holy Week, Easter)

Mon., Feb. 6, 2023 at Ed and Sue Baranowski’s home

The primary purpose of Lent from the earliest church, was to prepare candidates for baptism at Easter. Lent was designed to help the church help these candidates become purged from sinful ways, and lie more fully into the way of Christ. Lent was and is the final stage of labor before new birth, a final incubation before “hatching” into new life. Lent is the time for the congregation to fulfill its role as “midwife to the Spirit” as fully as the Spirit may allow.

This work of midwifery is solemn, but not somber. It is also joyful, hopeful, challenging, and expectant. We fix our eyes on the birth or growth to come in the lives of the candidates with whom we journey, and we do what it takes to facilitate not just their rebirth through baptism, but their thriving in new life from that day forward.

Here is information for the series:

Living Our Baptismal Calling Lent 2023 Brainstorming

And here is what we came up with:

Brainstorming Summary Baptismal Calling Lent 2023

Lent 2023 visuals sketch

Ideas for sanctuary visuals:

Ideas for hands-on items and kid activities:

Holy Week information:

Palm Sunday drama – A Tale of Two Friends

Holy Thursday 2012 – inspiration piece, our adaption, script, and staging sketch

Good Friday 2014 – script, PowerPoint