Recovery | REHAB WORSHIP SERIES
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The primary color for Lent is purple.
For Your Planning Team — LENT 4, REHAB: Recovery
We’re now “over the hump” and heading into the final stretch of this five-part series. Holy Week begins in two weeks. Series wrap is next week.
We’re also at a time in Lent, the fourth Sunday, known as “Laetare Sunday.” This is a day where, in the Western tradition, there has been a bit less of an emphasis on the penitence and more on the joy that comes from the growing spiritual strength many may have at this point because of the focus on a more disciplined form of life during these weeks. In some Christian traditions, the paraments change from purple to rose (or pink) on this Sunday as a sign of this more joyful, less solemn emphasis.
The theme of today’s service fits with the Laetare emphasis. Today we celebrate what it means to continue into the stage of Rehab where we start to see some real recovery taking place. We’re not all the way there, any more than we’re at Easter in just the fourth Sunday in Lent. And indeed, the degree to which we may start to experience recovery during rehab is often mirrored by a nearly equal sense of how far we still have to go, what is still not working as it really should, or, in this case, how we are still living out sinful, destructive patterns of behavior that still need to be addressed.
But we still have some reason to rejoice.
That’s why the opening songs and the choice of prayers for illumination that follow (whether traditional or contemporary) may seem perhaps uncharacteristically upbeat for this Lenten Sunday. It’s also why the response to the word today calls for both repentance and a bit of thanksgiving. And it’s a balance we’ve sought to continue through the Great Thanksgiving, the prayer after Communion, and the sending forth. There is joy. We’re making progress. AND there’s still work to be done. All of it is true at once at this stage and on this Sunday in the Lenten journey.
Additional Resources for this Service
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: (Click link to find countries for this week when they are posted).