For our Lenten series, we have offered Indigenous reflections on Lent for the Pacific Mountain Regional Council. We offer these discussions to help congregations dialogue and speak within and throughout community. During this season of Lent we think of Christ in the desert. We have been looking at how Indigenous people experienced similar events of journey in diverse ways and lives. For many Indigenous cultures we contemplate the fasting, the prayers the pilgrimage taken, and diverse ways people received and were imparted wisdom from the Creator.
Matthew 4:1-11, New International Version
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:” ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[e]” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
For me the Indigenous Elders, have always said that we are called for a purpose. Our precious Elder, Alberta Billy reminded me of this calling, and she has been graceful to share wisdom with us in this Lenten Series. I am thankful to PMRC that Tony and I will be offering this discussion at this time of Lent. We have a calling in this life. As many people have done before us, we are all searching. How do we answer the call as we journey on our search? We have much to reflect on as individuals, as communities of faith and churches.
Indigenous Minister, PMRC
Indigenous Lenten Study 2021
- Session 1: Ahogichipabi (w/ Rev. Michael Blair) – https://youtu.be/HG7GJ9MDyts
- Session 2: Wogidaîyâmi ( w/ Dr. Gabrielle Lindstrom) – https://youtu.be/XmyTBOwakpI
- Session 3: Wîjaîchinabi (w/ Very Reverend Jordan Cantwell) – https://youtu.be/ODqtkiddOU4
- Session 4: Waahogipabi (w/ Moderator, Right Reverend Dr. Richard Bott) – https://youtu.be/88n9rssVGls
These Mountains Are Our Sacred Places: book details here
There are 6 Sessions to join, all using the same Zoom link: https://united-church.zoom.us/j/92373198977
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm PT/ 7:30pm MT, February 17 to March 31st
Information specifically about the Indigenous Lenten Series Pink Shirt Day Feb 24th is here pacificmountain.ca (click to open).