Ash Wednesday (March 6) marks the beginning of Lent — traditionally it is a penitential season of self-examination, prayer, fasting and works of love. In many churches, ashes are placed on the forehead as a reminder of the shortness of life.

The word “Lent” is from the Middle English verb meaning “to lengthen.” In the Northern Hemisphere, the season corresponds with the lengthening of days during late winter and early spring.

During Lent, Christians prepare themselves spiritually for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The season spans forty days: the number forty symbolizes the spiritual journey home, corresponding to the forty days Jesus fasted in the desert before he began his public ministry and the forty years Israel journeyed through the wilderness towards the promised land. The color of Lent is purple. During Holy Week, red is sometimes worn to symbolize the blood shed by Jesus for the salvation of humanity.

At Abbey Way

This year at Abbey Way we will be focusing on the "I am sayings" in the Gospel of John which will help us understand and encounter who Jesus is as we journey towards the remembrance of Jesus death and celebration of his resurrection.

Work and Worship at Covenant Pines 2018

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It is time. Gather your tools and cleaning gear and plan on being with some of your favorite people for a weekend up north. May 25-27 is the next Work and Worship (AKA Ora et Labora) at Covenant Pines Bible Camp.  

2018 Fees:

$50 per adult 

$25 per youth or child

$0 Children (0-3 years of age)

Have special needs? Call the camp direct to get your questions answered.

Housing options for Abbey Way: Write your first choice as Bald Eagle Lodge.

Register early! (Do it now!! Really!) Don't miss out.


Come to our Ash Wednesday Taize Worship Service on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 PM in Elim’s Chapel. The structure of our gathering is simple: scripture, chant like songs, quiet prayer, violin and guitar accompaniment, glowing candles, and the imposition of ashes. Join us as you begin your Lenten journey.

Older children are welcome to attend.


Mothering Prayer

Mothers of children
Mothers of adults
Mothers to ailing parents
Mothers in spirit
Mothers of creative works
Mothers to those in need
Mothers with empty wombs
Mothers whose arms ache to be filled with one who once was there
You life givers and life nurturers
You who hold the small essential things that make a world
You who are the sole witness to private stories unfolding
You who are the ground on which others find their footing
You who respond to cries of hunger, heartache, fear, or pain
You who shelter growing things
You whose most significant work is unseen
You bringers of tenderness and comfort
To mother is to make oneself vulnerable to loss
To give oneself wholly to something that has the guarantee of at least a measure of failure
To give birth to something beyond you, that doesn’t belong to you, that you can’t control
To engage in a work that reveals both your best and your worst
To surrender your time, your body, your rhythms, your resources
For the joy set before you

So Mothers,
May God the Life Giving Spirit be your source
May God be both witness and companion to all the unseen moments of your life
May God preserve you at your core when the needs of others threaten to wash you away
May God give grace as you seek to unwind the knot of both founded and unfounded guilt and enable you to bring healing in places where you have brought harm

May God give you courage at thresholds of change
May God make of your emptiness a wide and free place
May the One who holds all things together, assure you that divine arms surround all that is beyond your reach
And, When you lift up your eyes to see your life, may your joy be great.

by Mary Martin Wiens

Easter Worship

On Easter morning we will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. for worship at the Theodore Wirth Chalet in Minneapolis. Doors open at 9 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Christ's resurrection.

Please note: We will not be gathering for Sunday evening on Easter.

Moral Formation? No! Spiritual Formation! Yes!

"Substituting moral behavior for sin (vice) can be one of the most effective human solutions a Christian can use to avoid dealing with God (2)." What? No! Me? I do that? Well maybe...If this is true for us how can we then resist the trap of moralism as we engage in God's call "to be holy as God is holy"? Dr. John Coe from Biola's School of Theology writes on "Resisting the Temptation of Moral Formation" helping us to understand and (hopefully) keep the primacy of God's "loving Divine initiative" in our being formed in Christ.