The Practice of Lent

 


The Practice of Lent

Spiritual practices are an opportunity to open us up to the mystery of faith, the life of Christ and the potential we have to become more Christ-like. Lent may not be a liturgical season that you are familiar with. I wasn’t raised with ashes and 40 days of preparation for Holy Week. Yet now I find that I long for this season. This time of reflection, preparation and discernment allows Easter to become a deeper recognition of all that God did in Jesus Christ for us.
Someone has said that “Easter can’t be Easter unless we take part in the preparation of our souls.” The celebration and joy that we lift to God on Easter Sunday is richer and fuller when we walk the path to the Cross, and face the empty tomb, and meet the risen Savior behind the doors we close in life as a spiritual discipline.I want to be an Easter person in the best way possible! Not for me, but for the glory of God. I invite you to journey with me, with your faith community, as we give ourselves intentionally to some space to hear, reflect and sit into the journey that Christ made for us. As obedience, faith and God’s presence were with Christ in these days before his suffering, may we strive for that same holiness of heart and life.First step: join together in our Ash Wednesday Service, this Wednesday, March 1 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary for worship, reflection, repentance, and preparation to make this season of Lent. Look for more to come in your weekly emails, our website and in the bulletin as encouragement and suggestions to connect to our Lord.Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ Matthew 16: 24

 
Peace,
Pastor Lisa

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