Next week on Ash Wednesday, February 26th we begin the season of Lent, forty days of spiritual preparation as we journey toward Easter. Our 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday worship service will include the Imposition of Ashes, when, marked with a cross, we remember that life has a beginning and an end, and we are challenged to live a life pleasing to God. I hope that you will be present for this holy time together.
I would imagine that most of us are acquainted with the phrase “the fun is in the going.” We could tweak that phrase Lent-wise to say, “the meaning is in the going,” for if we gift ourselves by being intentional about doing what we can to draw closer to God on this journey, it will be a meaningful time for us.
I urge each of you to join your faith family in worship on Sunday mornings at either the 8:45 a.m. Garden Chapel service, or the 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary service. I invite you to attend Bible Study at 6 p.m. on Monday evenings , and I challenge you to read your Bible daily, pray, and engage in works of love and mercy. As you do, may you be blessed with, as stated in the last line of this poem by Ann Weems, “a fresh new taste of God!”
In Christ’s love,
Lent is a time to take the time
to let the power of our faith story take hold of us,
a time to let the events
get up and walk around in us,
a time to intensify
our living unto Christ,
a time to hover over
the thoughts of our hearts,
a time to place our feet in the streets of Jerusalem
or to walk along the sea and listen to his word,
a time to touch his robe
and feel the healing surge through us,
a time to ponder and a time to wonder…
Lent is a time to allow a fresh new taste of God!
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