“Embracing the Uncertain," the theme of and reference book for this year’s African Descent Lutheran Association - Los Angeles's Lenten journey, took us – through the testimony of our collection of congregations – on the path of self-examination. We were challenged to consider the many ways in which our lives are inextricably linked to the uncertainties in which we exist, the struggles, the losses, the pain and anguish that we experience, the times in which we ask God: “where are you?”
We heard and hopefully even read about the following degrees of uncertainty, perhaps contrasting those messages with stories or incidences from our recollection. In this pandemic period of the last three years, the uncertainty of mortality, as an example, resonated bitterly with me as I internalized the loss of 7 friends, several were among my graduating high school class; folk whose lives are inextricably linked with my own in so many indelible ways. The grace-given reminder that they reside with the Lord made those losses bearable, easing that inner pain a little each day.
How did you come to internalize each weekly theme associated with “Embracing the Uncertain?” Were you left in awe or wonder? Convicted in a new and unimaginable way? Did this Lenten journey seem more illuminating than those previously experienced?
A journey is the collection of countless steps and so too is this spiritual journey that we are on, one which afforded us time to reflect and ponder on “belief and faith”, “forgiveness and forgetfulness”, “worry and the unknown”, “death and dying”, “release and surrender”, as well as, “temptations and obedience”.
We depart the buoyant nature of each of these realities, concluding our trip through life’s uncertainties with the dawning of Easter; that great “getting up morning” when Christ in all of His heavenly splendor rose from the dead ensuring for us a new certainty. We embark on yet another journey of as many weeks from His resurrection to His ascension, as our Lord secures our place in the ‘mansion with many rooms’.
Happy Easter to all who call upon His name and may this Lenten journey hosted by ADLA reveal that newcomers to the faith have gathered who, too, have been adopted as children of Christ, Jesus!
He is Risen… He is risen, indeed!
Holy Week Services
Easter Sunday Worship: Messiah Lutheran Church
Good Friday Worship: New City Parish Coalition of Congregations
Maundy Thursday Worship: Chapel of Peace & Another Level Ministries
Lenten Worship Services
Wednesday, April 6
Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, Los Angeles
Theme: "Uncertainty of Obedience" – Matthew 26:36-46
Preaching: Rev. Tracy Williams, Pastor
Music: Rev. Roderick Hines & Sheila Judson
“Uncertainty of Obedience”
Wednesday, March 30
Community Lutheran Church, Los Angeles
Theme: "Uncertainty of Surrender" – Luke 19:1-10
Preaching: Rev. Ruth Sievert, Interim Pastor
Music: Mark Coates & Signlent Prophets
“Uncertainty of Surrender”
Wednesday, March 23
Olivet Lutheran Church, Hawthorne
"The Uncertainty of Mortality" – John 11:1- 44
Preacher: Johnel Barron, Interim Pastor (TEEM)
Music: Will Rule
“The Uncertainty of Mortality”
Wednesday, March 16
Ascension, Los Angeles
"The Uncertainty of Worry" – Luke 12:1-34
Preacher: Deacon Tempie D. Beaman
Music: Mark Coates
“The Uncertainty of Worry”
Wednesday, March 9
Holy Trinity, Inglewood
"The Uncertainty of Forgiveness"
Preacher: Pastor Emeritus James Lobdell
Dramatic Readings: Jeanne Armstrong
Music: Donnie Williams
“The Uncertainty of Forgiveness”
Ash Wednesday, March 2
"The Certainty of Death"
Preacher: Bishop Emeritus Dean Nelson
Music: Timothy Williams