Close Encounters of the Sacred Kind
Feb. 29 – April 5, 2020

The season of Lent is an invitation to deeper intimacy with God.  It is a time for God’s grace to remove the barriers that hold us in a superficial relationship with God.  The Gospel of Mark is a paradox of fast-paced narrative and vignettes of Jesus involved in deeply personal encounters with people and places that were considered “off-limits”.  In these encounters we discover that God’s love can reach us in ways we never dreamed possible.

Scripture Readings

Feb 29/Mar 1 | Mark 1:1-13
March 7/8 | Mark 5:1-20
March 14/15 | Mark 7:24-30
March 21/22 | Mark 8:22-26
March 28/29 | Mark 10:13-16
April 4/5 | Mark 11:1-11, 14:3-9

Suggested Resources & Reading

Flee, Be Silent, Pray: Ancient 

Prayers for Anxious Christians

by Ed Cyzewski

Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark by Leroy A Huizenga

Mark (N. T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides) by N.T. Wright

Miracles of Healing in the Gospel of Mark: 16 Studies for Individual or Small Group by John I. Penn, Sr.

Music Within, 2007 feature film

God in My Everything:  How and Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God by Ken Shigematsu

CoCo, Pixar Feature Film
(Family Resource!)