"Faces of the Passion"
Wednesday evenings in Lent
Online Worship & Study
Lent is the Christian season of holy preparation before Easter. This season presents a new invitation to hear the story that is foundational to our Christian faith each year. This Lent, you are invited into the story of Jesus’ Passion through the eyes and ears of those who watched it happen according to the Gospels—and particularly, the Gospel of Luke—as we study together our Lenten theme, Faces of the Passion. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will join us for the last two sessions (more information below)!
7:00 Evening Prayer and the Lord’s Supper
7:15 Study and Discussion
“Click-in” at 7:00 to gather for Evening Prayer and a brief celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Please have a candle, bread, and juice ready at home). Click HERE for a copy of the bulletin.
March 9 + Faces of the Passion: Introduction to Luke
What is a “passion narrative”? What is the Gospel of Luke’s historical context? What are the defining characteristics of Jesus throughout Luke’s Gospel? We will explore these questions, and more, as we begin our study. Facilitated by Dr. Block.
March 16 + The Face of Judas: Luke 22:1-38
Luke 22 marks the beginning of Luke’s passion narrative—the story of Jesus’ suffering and death. In this session, we begin a close reading of Luke 22 with particular attention on Judas. Facilitated by Dr. Block.
March 23 + The Face of Peter: Luke 22:39-62
We continue a close reading of Luke 22 and the role of Peter throughout the passion narrative. Facilitated by Ms. Larson.
March 30 + Strangers at the Cross
All four Gospels focus on the response and reactions of the witnesses at the crucifixion. In this session, we turn to the unnamed strangers present at Luke’s account of the crucifixion, Simon of Cyrene, the other victims, and the centurion. Facilitated by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.
April 6 + Followers at the Cross
Our study concludes with a close look at the more familiar faces at the cross, including the daughters of Jerusalem, the women from Galilee, and Joseph of Arimathea. Facilitated by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.
On March 30 and April 6, we will welcome Dr. Amy-Jill (“AJ”) Levine
to our virtual community from Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Levine is a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School,
an internationally renowned scholar who brings Jewish and feminist perspectives
to her teaching and numerous books.
Dr. Levine will join us for two sessions based on her latest book, Witness at the Cross,
for a look at the faces of strangers and followers at the cross.
The Zoom link for these gatherings will be available in the Monday IPC Connect e-blast, the Friday Prelude to Worship e-blast, and Sunday morning bulletins. Sessions will be recorded and shared upon request. Each gathering will conclude around 8:00. Click HERE to request the zoom link.
In the spirit of our Lenten soup suppers of previous years, add some soup to your Wednesday evenings at home this Lent!
Try out a new recipe (or two!) each week to enjoy before, or during, our Wednesday evening gatherings. These recipes come from the kitchens of Immanuel members (and previous soup supper hosts) who graciously shared their tasty soups with us in hopes that we will be back around the table together next year. Click HERE for a copy of the recipe booklet.