Once upon a time Lent was a time of preparation for new Christians. During the 40 days of Lent they prepared themselves to be baptized on Easter Sunday. Keeping this in mind I am planning a sermon series for the 5 Sundays of Lent. The series topic, in general terms, is the church.
SO what 5 sermons need to be heard? THe first SUnday of every seaason is communion in this congregation so that gives the topic for sermon #1--an introduction to UCCan understandings of communion. We tentatively have a Baptism set for the 2nd Sunday (once the Board gives its OK) so that lays out an obvious choice for sermon #2. But what about the other three?
What are the 5 essential things you would want to know about the church? Organizational structure of the wider church (what an exciting sermon that would be)? Membership vs. full membership (baptized vs baptized and confirmed)? Doctrinal stuff? How a worship service is built? What would you want to hear about?