Christian life is a life-long journey, searching for and encountering God along the way.
This Lent, we will learn about the idea of pilgrimage and use it to explore our own spiritual journey with Jesus to the cross and beyond. To help begin this journey, we invite you to watch the movie, The Way, about a father taking the pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago, to honor his deceased son. The movie will serve as a metaphor for guided conversations and studies to help us encounter God along our own pilgrim journeys.
The pilgrimage of The Camino de Santiago is known as The Way of Saint James. It is one of the oldest and most traveled Christian pilgrimage journeys. Located in France and Spain, pilgrims begin the journey with a blank Camino pilgrim passport, which they fill with stamps at stops along the way. After traveling hundreds of miles on foot, pilgrims arrive at the Cathedral of St. James and show their completed Camino passport to receive a compostela, a certificate of accomplishment for completing the way.
On February 7, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, you will receive your very own FUMC pilgrim passport for the season of Lent. Your passport invites you to encounter times of worship, service, prayer, fellowship, generosity, and study along the way, receiving a stamp in your passport for each. On April 3, the Sunday after Easter, you may show your passport to receive a compostela, a sign of your journey with God this season of Lent.
Come encounter God along this journey of faith together. Make this a holy Lent. Pray for change and growth in your life and be open to the Spirit’s presence.
Come let us journey together.