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 Discover Groups .
Church Without Walls is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination.
Lent (Feb 18 - Ash Wednesday to April 5 - Resurrection Sunday) is a season of preparation for Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. With Jesus, we “set our face toward Jerusalem” (Luke9:51), preparing for the journey that leads to the cross and then the empty tomb. Lent is a season of prayer, reflection, repentance, and transformation. The Lenten season is not an event found or celebrated in the Bible. However, the Bible is replete with rhythms—6 days you work, 1 day you rest, you sleep at night, wake in the day. Sometimes you sow seed, other times you harvest. Observing Lent adds another sacred rhythm to our spiritual life. Some Lenten traditions involve giving something up, or taking on a new discipline. As we do, we remember that the purpose of these practices is not to tighten our belts or try to impose discipline on ourselves. Rather, in the words of author Martin Smith, “what we are called to give up in Lent is control itself.”
As you consider Lenten practices, ask God what he has for you in this season. We remember that at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the Spirit drove him into the desert for 40 days. What is the Spirit inviting – indeed, driving – you toward in this time? How will you respond?
Consider Giving Up
- Internal attitudes: judgments, critical spirit, envy, bitterness, anxiety, lust, suspicion, greed, stinginess, resentment, grudges, etc.
- External attitudes: complaining, whining, grumbling, swearing, gossiping, tearing down
- Any addictions or compulsions (overeating, overdrinking, web surfing, facebook, frivolous spending, etc, etc.)
- Clutter (get rid of 40 bags in 40 days)
Consider Taking on:
Consider the frequency of what you’d like to give up or take on: How much? When?
- Internal attitudes: gratitude, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control (see Galatians 5:22)
- External attitudes: encouragement, thankfulness, blessing others, generosity, telling others of God’s works
- Sabbath keeping
- More prayer, especially contemplative prayer
- Longer bible reading/listening
- Sing worship songs daily
- Slow down. Take a few minutes each day to pause and be still before God.