Every year we look forward to a Friday dinner teaching series during Lent. This year our series will take place the first 4 Fridays in March, beginning Friday, March 2nd and concluding Friday, March 23rd. Suggested donations for the buffet dinner are as follows: $7/adult, $3/child, $20 family maximum. The dinner series is an all family event. While adults enjoy the talks, there will be childcare and programming for children that follows the same theme. There will also be a program for the youth. RSVP’s are not necessary. We hope you will come! The program each Friday evening is as follows:
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:15 Worship
- 7:30 Teaching
- 8:30 Dismiss
We are pleased that the Rev. Geoff Chapman, Rector of St Stephens in Sewickley, will be our speaker at our Friday Lenten Dinner Series this year. Geoff has worked for years to help his congregants as well as churches like us embrace discipleship in a fresh and life-changing way. Central to this kind of discipleship is what Geoff calls the “Four Directions of the Life Jesus Gives”. In successive weeks, Geoff will take us through each of the Four Directions. What are they?
- Upward: The ‘Up’ direction is a life of worship, where every disciple has made our triune God the first and greatest love of his life, of her life, so that everything we do is done for him, from the simplest things to the largest things.
- Outward: The ‘Out’ direction is a life of love, first to our family and our fellow believers, and then our neighbors, and our co-workers… and even for our enemies!
- Downward: The ‘Down’ direction is a life that is lost, where you lose your life in order to find your life. You let things go. You put yourself last. You think of others more highly than yourself. You make repentance a life habit. You learn to ‘humble yourself before the mighty hand of God.’ (1 Peter 5.6)
- Inward: The ‘In’ direction is an attentive life, where you pay attention to your heart, because the heart is the center of your life. Everything you are flows out of your heart, so we guard it, keep it, attend to it. We seek the ‘Renovation of the Heart’ (Dallas Willard) from Christ.