These next few weeks we will be journeying together towards the season of Lent. This is a time set aside in the church year to get us ready to celebrate Easter. Many see Lent as a time of fasting, practicing new spiritual disciplines, or renewing promises that have fallen by the wayside. I read recently that Lent is a season of restrained celebration. We know that Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead. Lent is not a time to deny the joy of Christ’s victory over death and the grave. Lent however is a time to prepare ourselves to live that joy in new ways. It’s a season of anticipation and preparation for the resurrection. We walk the path of Jesus towards the cross, for true resurrection cannot happen without a true death. But in walking this path, we know we will make it to the other side, to the empty tomb. This season, we contemplate ways to live our faith in our daily lives, whether it be by giving something up, or adding something in.
Part of our new life as Together in Christ Parish means worshiping together. In worshiping together, we overcome our own personal preferences and differences, we find joy and renewal in being together as Christians. The Lent plan for this year is as follows.
Ash Wednesday (2/14) at All Saints Lutheran at 7 pm
Dinner and Holden Evening Prayer at St. James Lutheran all Wednesdays during Lent. (2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21) Dinner will be at 6 pm in the fellowship hall, worship will be at 7 pm in the sanctuary.
Maundy Thursday (3/29) at All Saints Lutheran at 7 pm
Good Friday (3/30) at St. James Lutheran at 7 pm
Easter Sunday (4/1) at St James Lutheran at 9 am and at All Saints Lutheran at 10:30 am.
I am looking forward to seeing where God leads us during this special season. We have a unique opportunity to grow together, to learn from each other, and to deepen our faith these next 40 days.