Lent is coming… and fast!
Lent is the time for the church to “amp up” its reflective nature. It’s a time to take our faith to the next level. This is often done by intentional serving in specific ways. Additionally, we take time for silence and devotions, fasting and prayer. Ultimately the church wants to engage with Jesus on a deeper level. Is it possible for us to do this? Are we really interested in taking this journey??
If we give attention to spiritual disciplines, good things tend to happen!
The in the Old Testament we often hear God say through the prophets: “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” Lent affords us the opportunity to “draw near!”
This year we will follow closely the life, message and teaching of Jesus from the gospel of Luke. Our overall theme comes from one of my favorite writers, Viktor Frankl: “What gives light must endure burning.” His words give us a profound image to ponder. Jesus the light of the world flames out on the cross, but in that mysterious and grim tableaux of crucifixion God removes the sin of the world. Thanks be to God this is not the end… for after Good Friday there is Easte
How might we make the most of Lent this year?
My invitation to you is to take the journey with us and attend every service throughout Lent, as our messages will have a deep and meaningful theme that will span the arc of Lent and take you from the significance of the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday all the way through the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Come to each service but before you do pray for yourself, the service, the ensemble, our children’s ministry with Janeen and Jessica, me (!!!), and ask God to open your heart to new dimensions of grace. Make a real spiritual investment in our community.
We want to grow spiritually, we want to grow in our relationships, we want to grow in our stewardship… and here is one way to honor these worthy ambitions.
Let me state it again: make the effort to be here at worship consistently, prayerfully, and expectantly each and every service in Lent. I believe you, your family and our church will be blessed by this ambition! Lent is a great opportunity… let’s make the most of it!
God bless you as we journey on the path of faith together!