Lenten Gardens: Eden
Bulletin: March 9, 2014
The First Sunday of Lent
- Praise: Crown Him with Many Crowns (lyrics & melody, video, 2, contemporary, 2, background, 2, meditiation)
- Preparation: I Stand Amazed (lyrics & melody, video, Gaither, contemporary, 2, background)
- Response: In Eden’s Garden (lyrics & melody)
Rev. Mark McKim
This coming Sunday is the first season of Lent – a period of preparation before Easter. The word “Lent” originates from an old English term which refers to the lengthening of daylight in the northern hemisphere at this time of year. Spring, in other words.
During Lent, we are going to consider some biblical accounts about gardens
For many, the gradual increase in the amount of daylight turns minds to seed catalogues and gardening plans. The Bible contains many references to gardens. So this year, during Lent, we are going to spend time together each Sunday considering some of those biblical accounts about gardens – gardens broadly defined so as to include fields, vineyards, even in one or two cases individual trees or shrubs.
This is a device, a tool, which allows us to review the whole, big story of what God has been up to, what God has been doing across countless centuries to restore, rescue and renew a sad and fallen world. This is a VERY BIG story, in which each of us has a part. This is one way to “get a handle” on that story. This Sunday we’ll stasrt with the very first garden which Scripture mentions – the Garden of Eden.
So how much do you know about gardens in the Bible? Take this fun quiz to find out.