University Church is inviting you this season to be present in the clutter of your life – both real and spiritual – to examine, reflect, re-purpose, and maybe even throw away some things. Some things need tossing, and some things just need our attention again. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness and came out ready to work. Let us use this season to do the same.
It’s CLEAN UP time. Let’s work.


Worship each Sunday @ 10:30am

Bible Study each Sunday @ 9:30am

February 14th   
ASH WEDNESDAY service – 6pm

March 29th
MAUNDY THURSDAY service – 6pm

March 30th
presented by students from University of Chicago, CTS, LSTC, and McCormick seminaries

April 1st
EASTER – SUNRISE SERVICE – 6:30am (Promontory Point)
Regular Worship at 10:30am – University Church

Ashes, Sackcloth, & “Junk”
designing our sanctuary for Lent

Throughout the Bible – such as with Job who wonders why bad things happen to good people, and with Jonah who wonders why good things happen to bad people – the use of ashes and the donning of sackcloth is seen as signs of one’s repentance. The symbolic use of ashes in this sense continues today as many Christians, many of us, had ashes imposed on our foreheads in the sign of the cross during Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. As a Christian community we also put on our sackcloth in the form of the three Lenten banners that hang by the western windows. Each sackcloth banner announces a Lenten theme, moving us through “reflection” to “sin” to “repentance,” or as the theologians of the 1985 South Africa “Kairos Document” teaches us: see-judge-act. Many of the words were painted on these banners by the youth and young adults in this congregation, but, like the empty niches above waiting for your saints, there is room left on these three banners for you to mentally inscribe your sins and the sins that confront you, how you reflect on them, and how you engage in acts of repentance for them. In this way, through these three Lenten banners, we communally wear our sackcloth in line with our biblical ancestors before God.


The traditional table certainly seems more cluttered as well, as we examine the clutter in our own lives. Most would call it “junk,” and some of it surely is, but many more pieces of our lives are quite important and neglected – they become junk. As Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, so too will we spend precious time with ourselves. With our “Junk.” Bring some to add to the altar, and let this space, along with the music, carry you to a place of deep reflection. Allow that insight to transform you.

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