Worship Writings

March 2021

Karlin Olson, Worship Coordinator

Lent is upon us 

This year’s Lenten topic is God’s Love is Shown. 

So, I ask the question, “How has God shown his love in your life?” 

In my life it begins with “I am still here.” 

After surviving many “near fatal” accidents as a youth and young adult I used to go around with the idea expressed in the Marlon Brando film. “ Somebody up there likes Me” 

But now I understand that He loves me. And that He had a plan for me that I was, and in many ways still am, clueless to. 

As we go through the six weeks of Lent, we will see different aspects of God’s love for us culminating in the most selfless act of love there was; Dying on a cross for our sins. He accepted the Holy and Righteous judgement of God in our place. Can I get an Amen? 

Traditionally, Lent is a time for fasting and reflecting. People give up things so that they can be more focused on God. But, it can be much like Christmas and Easter in the fact that these are the only times that they focus on Him. 

We are lucky, here at ILC, having gone through a Fall Study on Prayer. Author Peter Grieg showed us how to focus on the aspects of the “prayer the Lord taught us” 

I encourage you to apply the same principles of focus, prayer and reflection on these 6 aspects of God’s Love for us. 

Week 1: Redemptive Love Week 2: Compassionate Love 

Week 3: Steadfast Love Week 3: Enriching Love 

Week 4: Living Love Week 6: Holy Love 

God is focusing His love on us. Are we willing to put our focus on Him?