- Lent, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week services -
Palm Sunday @ 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
This Wednesday, February 14, is the formal start to the season of Lent. The word "lent", taken from Old English meaning "springtime", is a spiritual spring cleaning of sorts. It is a time when the church together raises the windows and invites a fresh breeze of God's Spirit to blow through our lives, so as to show us all the ways we seek our soul satisfaction apart from the sufficiency and supremacy of Jesus. Seen in this way, Lent is a journey of repentance and rediscovery...of rediscovering what it means to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus as we prepare our hearts and lives to receive in new and fresh ways the life that Jesus offers us in his resurrection.
This coming Wednesday, February 14th, from 12:00-12:30 p.m. in our sanctuary, I invite you to gather with us to begin our Lenten journey together with an Ash Wednesday Prayer Service. It is called Ash Wednesday because throughout the history of God's people, anointing with ashes has been a public sign of humility and repentance before God and one another (Jonah 3:6, Daniel 9:3, Matt 11:21). At this service, we will pray together and afterward those who desire will have the opportunity to have ashes placed upon their foreheads as a reminder of our own mortality and the effects of sin that remains in us. We gather on this Ash Wednesday to honestly face and acknowledge our brokenness and need, but to do so in the knowledge and hope of the overwhelming and pardoning love of Jesus' cross and resurrection.
May God by his Spirit work in us a new and vibrant trust in his overabundant mercy as he brings us through confession and repentance and into the joy of his overwhelming love.
Yours for the sake of Jesus, the King,
Pastor Brandon Eggar