Welcome to Church Without Walls, Berkeley
Church Without Walls, Berkeley is a local congregation that seeks to worship God and explore Christian spirituality in a meaningful, approachable way. We come from different cultural, ethnic and faith backgrounds and are excited to see our community grow and change as new folks join us. CWOW meets on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm and throughout the week in Life Groups. Church Without Walls is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination.

Lent 2016

[Download the Lent Guide 2016]

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 10, and ends on Holy Saturday, March 26. These 40 days are a season each year to prepare ourselves for the Resurrection. Remembering our humanity, our brokenness and our need for Jesus, reflecting on Jesus’ deep love for us and the heartbreaking journey of Holy Week prepares our hearts for the joy of Easter. You will notice that Sundays aren’t included in those 40 days and are always celebrated as feast days, reminding us of the joy of the resurrection.

Sometimes, people “take on” or “give up” for Lent. “Taking on” disciplines or habits like scripture memorization, increased prayer, giving and acts of mercy. “Giving up” distractions or excesses like social media, clutter, sweets, alcohol, extra spending. These commitments aren’t meant to cause suffering for suffering’s sake, but to draw a person closer to Jesus, to depend on God for every need and remember how easily we can crowd God out with distractions. Lent is a time of stripping away, learning more about who we are and more about who Jesus is.

This year at CWOW, our sermon series during Lent will be The Cross of Christ: Exploring the True Meaning of Lent. How did the execution of an obscure peasant generate a worldwide movement? Why is this moment of state-sponsored torture so vital that its followers claim “I have been crucified with Christ?” We’ll look at St. Paul’s answers to these paradoxical questions as we live the season of Lent, preparing ourselves for Easter, together.