Please join us for Lenten worship services that begin on Ash Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 PM under the theme: In View of God’s Mercy! Lent is a season when we take a look at our lives in view of God’s mercy toward us in the sacrifice of His Son Jesus for us on the cross. We, in turn, are called by God, especially during this time of repentance and reflection, to be living sacrifices for him, displaying our devotion to him in word and deed. Jesus helps us to see the richness of God’s mercy in his life, death and resurrection.
During Lent our services will focus our eyes of faith on the meaning behind God’s mercy made manifest in Christ. On Ash Wednesday, as we are marked with ashes as a reminder of our sins, we are reminded, too, of the mercy of our God who lifts us from our ashes to new life in Christ. During Lent we will look to see how God shows His mercy during times of temptation. In the midst of temptation, our merciful God provides us with a way out through his Son, who was tempted just as we are, yet without sin. We will also see how God shows us His mercy in times of suffering. No life is without suffering, but our sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory to be revealed to us in Jesus by God’s great mercy. In times of our betrayal, even though we may turn away from our God again and again, our Lord continues to call us back into his merciful arms for Jesus’ sake. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can see God’s mercy in relationships. Within the communities God has placed us, we are given the grace to treat one another as Christ has cared for us in his love and mercy. And finally, we can reflect mercy in our lives through works of service. In response to God’s kindness to us in Jesus, we serve in mercy the needs of those around us by Christ’s example.
In View of God’s Mercy,
Pastor Steve Maske