In a world where tragedies and conflict are in the news every day, where is God in the world?
That is one of the questions five area congregations will contemplate as they go through the season of Lent, which is
preparation for Easter.
The theme is 'Can we find God in a world that's seemingly going crazy, with terrorism, natural disasters and job
losses?'" the Rev. James Koenigsfeld of St. Columba Catholic Church said. It's all pretty frightening to people."
For a number of years, several churches have joined to offer ecumenical Advent and Lent services. This year, the
congregations of the five churches will also be reading the same devotional, Stephen J. Carter's Where in the World is
God? during the 40 days of Lent, which begins Thursday.
According to Christian tradition, the 40 days begin the day after Ash Wednesday and do not include Sundays, Koenigsfeld
Sunday is always a day of praise and worship," Koenigsfeld said. The 40 days is just a technical thing. People will
start looking at the books as soon as they get them."
The other churches involved in the
ecumenical effort are the First United Methodist Church of Durango, the First Presbyterian Church of Durango, St.
Mark's Episcopal Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church. The churches will once again rotate offering Lenten
services Wednesdays, and the respective pastors are planning to base a reading or sermon on the lessons in the
The idea we liked about this devotional is that it's about current events, such as 9/11, terrorism, the environment,the economy, jobs," the Rev. Bill Mangrum of First Presbyterian said. So many great classics in the Christian
tradition are introspective. This is less of an inward focus."
Mangrum fully agrees with this ecumenical approach toward Lent.
One of the things that happens with ecumenical gatherings is that they sometimes look cute," Mangrum said. As
Christians, we believe that at some distant point in eternity, all people will be gathered together worshipping God. So
this is not simply cute, it's rehearsal, it's practice."