About Our Lenten Focus This Year
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.”
This year our Lenten midweek theme will be “Thy Will Be Done!” When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, each night before He went to the cross, He prayed, “Not as I will, but as you will.” That is our prayer as well this Lent as we seek to do God’s will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. Each service in the series focuses on a different aspect of God’s will at work among us. Biblical characters are used as insightful reference points each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day.
Please pick up your copy of the Lenten devotional entitled “Thy Will Be Done!” 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.