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Message From Pastor Gorden

posted Jan 30, 2013, 7:26 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
Ash Wednesday, February 13 is the beginning of our Lenten journey. The penitential spirit of this season is generally recognized all over the world.

The Lenten season is a period of 40 days which does not include the Sundays. This period of 40 days corresponds to our Lord’s fasting in the desert. Jesus experiences an intimate closeness with his Father and grows in an awareness of who he was and what his mission was for all who would come to believe in him.

Lent is a season of penitence which means we should reflect on God’s power at work in our lives and to take a self-examination of how we are living. This inward self-reflection is where people normally get tripped up during the season. In the past most people myself included always thought this season was a time to give up something in order to feel the spirit of sacrifice. However, for most people myself included the sacrifice lasted only for the 40 days of Lent and then life was back to normal.

Truly what this blessed season is about for us is adding something of meaning to our daily routines. Start a new devotion to center your lives in the promises of God. We have Daily Texts available and there is an easy guide for taking a daily Trip with God. Create an additional opportunity to visit someone or call on a friend who is not doing well. The intent is not to let go of this new discipline after the Lenten season is over. You will see by adding something of meaning to your daily routine it will give you a healthier perspective for your family life and your work. God will restore your mind, body and spirit as you become more connected to God.

This Lenten season we are adding an additional spiritual resource for you. Each Wednesday in Lent we will be covering the Acts of Prayer by Walt Wangerin. This is a spirit filled journey to make us more aware of the power of prayer we have access to everyday. How do you talk to God? When do you take time to bother God with your prayers? Where do you find a quiet time to commune with God? These are just some of the components of prayer we will investigate this year.

You will find a complete schedule for Lent on the front page of your communicator. Included this year are readings for each night’s worship. Please take time to read these verses in preparation for the evening worship. We will also have laypeople giving their testimonies about how they have experienced the power of prayer in their lives.

Join us for Lenten worship as we seek to renew an old spiritual discipline of prayer for our daily living.

The journey to the Cross for Jesus is the reason we take time each year to remember God’s unconditional love for each of us. Because Jesus lives with the Father we can face all that tomorrow will bring because our eternal destination is secured.