Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.
The forty days of Lent are a special time in the church year. They are days of prayer and preparation as we look to Holy Week and Easter, to our celebration of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Lent is a season of repentance; not only in the traditional sense of asking for forgiveness for our sins, but also in the literal sense of turning from sin and recommitting ourselves to Christ.
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, with a special service of prayer and scripture. As a reminder of our need for repentance, we will receive ashes that symbolize that we shall return to the dust from which we were created. Our service begins at 7:00.
Then each Wednesday evening (from February 17- March 16) we will gather for a fellowship supper at 5:45 and a Lenten Study, which will begin at 6:30. We will have a nursery available and a separate study for the children. The theme of this year’s study, for both children and adults, is from the Gospel of John.
February 17 Week 1 The Word Made Flesh
February 24 Week 2 The Miraculous Signs of Jesus
March 2 Week 3 The “I AM” Sayings of Jesus
March 9 Week 4 The Farewell Discourse
March 16 Week 5 The Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion
Let us plan to join together each Sunday and each Wednesday to pray and prepare for Holy Week and Easter