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Message From Pastor Leon

posted Jan 24, 2018, 3:29 PM by Tracey Morris

Just like the season of Advent is meant to help focus our minds and prepare us for Christmas, the purpose of Lent is to do that for us in regards to Easter.  Lent is actually an ancient tradition of 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.  Lent 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 on your life, and fully give yourself over to him.

Lent begins early this year, with Ash Wednesday on February 14. 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 mid-week Lenten services.  The messages for this year’s services will look at the negative responses to Jesus by several of the people who were with him in the last hours of his life.  The five mid-week services after Ash Wednesday will be about:

    February 21  --  Peter
    February 28  --  Judas
    March 7  --  Caiaphas
    March 14  --  Pilate
    March 21  --  The Guards

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 25th and concludes with Easter on April 1st.

Pastor Leon