Lent is a 40-day season of preparation for Easter. Ash Wednesday begins our season of penitence and reflection. The word Lent comes from a middle English word “lente” meaning “spring.” For Christians, Lent is a time of “spring cleaning,” of facing up to our sinful selves and repenting before God’s wonderful throne of grace. It is also a time for the discipline of learning and growing in the faith. For many Christians this is a time marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These acts of self-denial help to focus on Christ’s sacrifice as we ask God to “create a right spirit within us.” However, Sundays are not considered part of the season of Lent. We still joyfully celebrate the resurrection of Jesus every Sunday as we enjoy Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
Every Wednesday during this season of Lent, we will journey through some of the most familiar teachings of Jesus from The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. Our theme will relate to the events surrounding Christ’s life, death and resurrection. During Lent our midweek worship services will powerfully reveal that the cross itself is the ultimate sermon on the mount for our journey of faith in this sacred season.
Please pick up your copy of a Lenten devotional entitled “Sermon on the Mount.” These daily devotions will supplement our Wednesday night meditations (one per family, please). They are located on the table near the church entry. You are welcome to join us for our Wednesday Lenten Meal served from 5:30pm -6:30pm in the Gathering Room.
March 6 Ash Wednesday
Blessed Are You • Matthew 5:1-11
March 13 Lent Mid 2
Salt and Light • Matthew 5:13-16
March 20 Lent Mid 3
Prayer and Fasting • Matthew 6:5-18
March 27 Lent Mid 4
Do Not Worry • Matthew 6:25-34
April 3 Lent Mid 5
Judge Not • Matthew 7:1-5
April 10 Lent Mid 6
Build on Rock • Matthew 7:24-27