This week marks the beginning of the season of Lent. We will gather weekly for worship on Wednesdays at 6:45 pm, following a Soup Supper which begins at 6:00 pm. The theme for this year’s Wednesday evening Lenten services is “The Parables of Lent.” In the series we will look at a Biblical parable that connects to a Lenten theme. The brief sermon that will be shared each Wednesday will reveal how, within each parable’s plot, is woven a unique message about what we receive through the crucified Christ. This Wednesday – Ash Wednesday – we will focus on the topic of “Receive Justification,” based on the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The service will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. As always, you don’t need to be a member of our church, or any church to receive the sacrament of communion. This is Christ’s table, and all you need is a sincere desire to take part.
Yesterday we concluded our sermon series “The Power of Forgiveness” with a message that reminded us that God is the chef of our lives. Sometimes we, like Joseph from the Old Testament, will be given ingredients that are unexpected or even unpleasant, but if we trust that God is working all things together for good, we can expect a tasty, satisfying dish in the end.
This week we will begin a new series for the season of Lent. On Sunday mornings we will focus on the theme “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.” Each week we will retrace the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations and then to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the enemies he made, the parables he taught, and the roads that he traveled. This coming Sunday we will travel to the Jordan River and the Wilderness, the places where Jesus was baptized and then was tempted by the devil. Our service on Sunday will include a time for all who have been baptized to remember their baptism.
I hope that you will make time to join us for worship during the season of Lent. Both Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings will give you an opportunity to focus more on the things of God and less on the things of this world. It’s a great time to share these messages with someone who doesn’t go to church, or hasn’t been to church in a long while, so invite a friend to join you.
This week, please keep the church and its staff in your prayers as we enter into this season of Lent. We all will be working hard to create opportunities for all to worship, study, serve and grow in the knowledge and love of God. Your prayers would be appreciated!
Have a Blessed Week – See You in Church!