During the season of Lent, we follow Jesus into the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). The wilderness is often remembered as a deserted place of hardship and trial. The wilderness has functioned in this way, and Jesus’ experience in the wilderness was difficult. But the wilderness is more than just a barren place. Jesus may have gone to the wilderness precisely because, throughout scripture’s story, God has used the wilderness to transform God’s people.

This year we follow Jesus into the wilderness, and we invite God to challenge & change us. We pray that we will emerge from our Lenten journey through the wilderness filled with the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus was before us.

Resources for Lent 2022

Lenten Guidebook

Start here with the Through the Wilderness Guidebook! This is our devotional guide through the season of Lent; it contains suggestions for activities as you walk with God through the wilderness. Physical copies are available in the lobby at the Wine Street entrance.


Lenten Sand Table

In the glass lobby behind the fellowship hall there is a Lenten sand table. Stop by anytime that the church is open to experience a little piece of the wilderness; light a candle, say a prayer, or write a message in the sand. The sand table will have different suggested activities throughout Lent, so stop by often to see what’s happening in the wilderness.


Currently beside the sand table is a piece of art created by Juli McKendree. Juli reminds us that the wilderness comes in many forms—physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and more. Juli’s art highlights the wilderness-like feeling that comes from gun violence, food insecurity, and other social challenges. It is meant to be experienced while listening to the song which you can play below. On the back of the artwork are some articles that explain the background for the song and her artwork, and some of these articles are also below.


Additional Resources

The guidebook suggests some additional resources, which you can find below.


  1. Pray with the music of Hampton Baptist. Some suggested videos are below:
    1. The Stories Behind Three Hymns
    2. Hymns of Faith & Trust
    3. “Beneath The Cross of Jesus”
  2. Visiting the Chrysler Museum of Art. Click here for suggested pieces to look for and reflections on them.
  3. Lectio divina. Lectio divina is a traditional way of listening to the voice of God in the scriptures. Find instructions on getting started in lectio divina here.
  4. Walk a labyrinth. Labyrinths appeared in churches by the 300s AD, and today they are often used as physical aids for prayer. Find a list of labyrinths in our area and a guide to praying in one here.