Dear Friends

The glory of these forty days
We celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ, through whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed. 

On Wednesday, February 26, we begin a new cycle in our spiritual lives. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  It inaugurates a season of quiet reflection, an intentional time of preparation for the miracle of new life 40 days that bring us to Easter. But before we can live into resurrection, we take a “timeout” to examine our lives for what we are willing to change so that Easter can have meaning for us. Some mark the time by acts of self-discipline, or increased prayer. Some try on a new habit or leave behind an old one. Everybody needs a time to consider change, and to grow into it. Lent is our collective time to do that- a sparer time, to create room for new life and resurrection.

The forty days of Lent imitate the time that Jesus spent in the desert, in the wilderness. It recalls the time that the people of Israel spent wandering in the desert, forty years before they were ready to leave slavery behind and begin again with a vision of a promised land in freedom. Make regular attendance at worship part of the rhythm of your life. Read the bible daily- We have scripture booklets at church with forty days of readings. You can do anything for forty days! Let’s journey together and see what God has in store for us and for our church on Easter. Join us on Ash Wednesday at 7 pm for the distribution of ashes and Holy Communion I look forward to seeing you this week.

with love, Jim

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