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Message From Pastor Leon

posted Jan 25, 2016, 9:11 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

Just like the season of Advent is meant to help focus our minds and prepare us for Christmas, Lent is supposed to do that for us in regards to Easter. Lent is actually an ancient tradition in the church where people would take this period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) to prepare themselves for baptism, which would only take place on Easter Sunday. It wasn’t really centered on giving up something, but it focused more on making sure that you had space in your life for Christ and your faith in him. You wanted to be sure that you were ready to accept his call and mark on your life, and fully give yourself over to him.

Lent begins early this year, with Ash Wednesday on February 10. That evening we will have our traditional Ash Wednesday worship services with Holy Communion and also the Imposition of Ashes. Worship will be at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. with a meal served in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. That same schedule will continue for the five following weeks of midweek Lenten services. The themes for this year’s services are from Max Lucado’s new book Glory Days. The texts are all from the Old Testament book of Joshua, and are as follows:

    February 10 – Ash Wednesday “These Are Glory Days”
    Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

    February 17 “Inherit Your Inheritance” Joshua 1:1-6, 10-11

    February 24 “Walk Circles Around Jericho” Joshua 6

    March 2 “Pray Audacious Prayers” Joshua 9:3-19

    March 9 “No Falling Words” Joshua 21:43-45

    March 16 “God Fights for You” Joshua 23

Devotional books to go with this series will be handed out on Sunday January 31st and February 7th. The book, He Fights For You by Max and Andrea Lucado, contains meditations on 40 Biblical promises for everyday battles.

Join us each Wednesday evening for worship, fellowship, and a meal as we take time to prepare for the Holy Week remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Holy Week this year begins with Palm Sunday on March 20th and concludes with Easter on March 27th.

Pastor Leon