Guide to Lenten season at Covenant

An invitation from Bob Henderson

For Lent, we will engage in all the standard Lenten practices, but this year we’ll also have a unique sermon series across faith traditions, exploring both our commonalities as well as our particularities.

These sermons will explore sacred texts across faith traditions, as we host Imam Atif Chaudhry, ordained Buddhist minister Rev. Grace Burford and Rabbi Dusty Klass in conversations on the subject of salvation.

I’m particularly excited about this series, as navigating across difference is an essential Christian trait, one Jesus embraced fully in his life and ministry. I hope you’ll plan to spend the Lenten season in worship.

  • March 10: Introduction, Christianity: Interfaith from the Beginning
  • March 17: "Islam: God, Isaac and Ishmael" with Imam Atif Chaudhry
  • March 24: "Buddhism: Suffering, Pain and Faith" with Rev. Grace Burford
  • April 7: "Judaism: Promises, Promises" with Rabbi Dusty Klass
  • April 14, Palm Sunday: Conclusion, Christianity: Reformer or Revolutionary?

Meet our guests

Imam Atif Chaudhry grew up in New Jersey, where he completed his memorization of the Holy Qur’an at an early age. As a young adult Atif traveled to Pakistan and studied in the Islamic Seminary of Darul Uloom Muhammadiya Ghausia for two years, and then studied Shari’ah sciences as well as law in the International Islamic University of Islamabad for five years.

He is now Muslim Life Coordinator at Queens University of Charlotte and Imam, Religious Director at Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte.

Rev. Grace Burford, an ordained Buddhist minister, is Davidson College's Associate Chaplain for Buddhist Programs, Director of the Davidson Meditation Initiative and Coordinator of Interfaith Programs. 

A practicing Buddhist for 40 years, she completed her chaplaincy training in 2016 and was ordained into Buddhist ministry. In addition to providing a Buddhist presence on campus, she helps integrate meditative and mindfulness practices into the college community.

Rabbi Dusty Klass is Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El. She grew up in Seattle and completed her undergraduate work at University of California, Santa Barbara and spent her junior year abroad in Dublin, Ireland.

Rabbi Klass is passionate about youth work and social justice.


Special services in Lent/Holy Week

  • Youth Sunday, March 31
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 19, 7 p.m.
  • Children's Easter Worship, Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.
  • Easter Sunday, 8:45 a.m. Chapel, 9:30 Sanctuary, 11 a.m. Sanctuary, 11 a.m. Fellowship Hall

Special music in Lent

  • March 17: Angelus & Chorister anthem at 11 a.m. traditional
  • April 7: Wingate University Choir at 11 a.m. traditional
  • April 14, Palm Sunday: Angelus & Chorister anthem at 11 a.m. traditional
  • April 18: Maundy Thursday worship at 7 p.m.

Lenten devotional series

Click here to subscribe! This year, we’re marrying the theme of the devotional - New Every Morning: Waking Up with Wonder - to an adult education offering at Open Table on Wednesday evenings. 

As longer days offer the grace of growing light, join Covenant friends on a Lenten journey to wake up with wonder and enjoy God’s mercies anew each morning. There will be ample opportunities to do so in worship, service, fellowship and shared study. In addition to these things, the Covenant pastoral staff offers a simple weekday devotional as one way to anchor your days. Here are the devotions so far:

Each weekday, you’ll find a brief prayer with which you can begin and end your devotional time. On Mondays, you’ll find an overview to the week’s theme. Tuesday through Friday, you’ll find passages from scripture that explore this theme. Each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the member of the pastoral staff writing for the week will serve as a guide for an hour’s Bible study and spiritual reflection. You can drop in for any of these live sessions without RSVP in Fellowship Hall Room 207.

We hope you enjoy a beautiful Lent filled with new mercies each morning.

Open Table Wednesday night series

Join us on Wednesdays for an Open Table series on our devotional theme New Every Morning: Waking up with Wonder. We'll meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall 207. No RSVP needed.

  • March 13 – Jessica Patchett – Recovering Reverence
  • March 20 – Grady Moseley – Living the Dream
  • March 27 – Bob Henderson – The Generativity of Gratitude
  • April 3 – Ian Clark – A Wondrous Calling
  • April 10 – Julia Watkins – Attending to the Impossible

Uptown Bible Studies

Jump in for six weeks with Jessica Patchett, Ben Mallicote, Ian Clark and a host of curious Covenant friends for a Lenten study on Short Stories by Jesus, or the parables.

We meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Foundation for the Carolinas (220 N. Tryon) and offer the same study on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There’s a desk at the main entrance with helpful people who will point you to the right room. Please feel free to bring lunch. We have water and coffee available. For details or to get connected, contact Sally Jackson. We’ll kick things off March 6 but newcomers are welcome at any point.

Serve God and each other

  • Room in the Inn: We are extending an open call for volunteers to serve and share a meal with our Room in the Inn guests on March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Please plan to arrive by 5:15 p.m. to the Fellowship Hall. Meals, overnight hosts and van drivers have already been confirmed. Get connected here.

  • Habitat build: Our congregation was one of seven founding churches of Habitat Charlotte 35 years ago. This spring, we will do a full house build lasting 13 days. See the schedule and sign up here.