Good Friday Service – April 14th @ 10:00 am
Easter morning with Communion – April 16th @ 9:30 am
The season of Lent is one of two penitential seasons in the Christian calendar, along with the Season of Advent. Both Lent and Advent are seasons of preparation: Lent comprising the 40 days before Easter and t the period of four weeks before Christmas. In both cases, as we prepare for the great celebration of how God has intervened in human history to bring restoration and hope through Jesus Christ, the church has deemed it important for us to consider how far we have fallen from God’s will for our lives, and to recommit ourselves to new life in Christ. This is the meaning of Lent.
One of the long-standing traditions of the Lenten season is the “giving up” of something for Lent. This practice is built on a desire to become more Christ-like. During Lent we remember how Jesus set aside his glory to become one with us, and in the end gave up his very life. Throughout the ages many people of seen it a small cost than to refrain from some pleasurable activity – eating chocolate, perhaps – as a means of participating in Jesus’ sacrifice. In recent years, people have replaced the practice of “giving up” for Lent with the idea of “taking on” something for Lent. They will commit to some act of personal devotion or service during these 40 days of Lent as a way to participate in Jesus ministry and share in his message of love and service.
Whatever practice you adopt, may this season of Lent provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the depth of God’s love for us that God would send Jesus to redeem our world; and on the love of Christ which seeks to take upon himself our sins and put them to death on the cross.