This week marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time where we prepare for the death and resurrection of Christ. Lent is the 40-day period that comes before Easter. It parallels the 40 days Christ spent in the desert before His ministry. The business of our lives often demands that we go and do, fast and furious. Lent calls for us to slow down and bask in what is, what was, and what is to come. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent is more somber in nature, because we are reminded of our sin and what that sin makes us worthy of…death. “From dust you have come and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). Yet, there can be great healing that takes place through lamentation.
Here are a few ways that you might consider taking part in Lent, especially if this is new to you:Participate in the Ash Wednesday service: Wednesday, February 14th @ 6 PM
Read and reflect on the daily passages that are a part of the Experiencing Lent series. You will find these each week in your bulletin and in the weekly newsletter. (Weeks 1 and 2 are listed at the bottom of this week’s newsletter.)
Fast something or take on a new spiritual practice that will bring you closer to the Lord.Join us on Wednesdays for a time of fasting and prayer. We will meet in the sanctuary from 12-1 PM during Lent, beginning Feb. 21st through Holy Week. It will be an opportunity for us to come together, as a church, to pray and fast for ourselves, our Church, our community, and our world.
May God bless you today and encourage your heart towards Him. May this Lenten season prepare your heart for the great work that God desires to do in and through your life.