Monthly Reflections: Lent- 40 Days to Prepare
The season of Lent is a 40 day period of time, not counting Sundays, to prepare to enter with Jesus into Jerusalem and journey to the cross. Lent is a time of repentance and reflection on what it means to be a Christian and disciple of Christ. Sundays are not counted during this season since every Sunday is a celebration of Easter.
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. We will have a service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary including the imposition of ashes as a sign of our repentance and reconciliation with God. Some people like to give up something during the season of Lent as a reminder of all that God gave up for us. Others like to take on something such as Bible Study or acts of service as a reminder of what Christ took on for us. We invite you to prayerfully consider how you will observe this journey with Jesus to the Cross.
Lent often begins with a reflection on the temptations of Jesus. How do we handle the temptations that Satan presents to us? C.S. Lewis wrote a classic entitled, The Screwtape Letters. It is a book of letters from a senior devil to an apprentice devil who has just been assigned his first human. His assignment is to lead this person away from God. It is interesting to view temptation from the side of the tempter. I will be preaching a series during Lent on how we are often subtly tempted to walk away from God, one small step at a time.
Rev. Erin Yow will be preaching a series during the season of Lent at our Marvin and Bonds Grove campuses on “Giving It Up.” Traditionally, people give something up for Lent such as chocolate, caffeine, or social media, as a way to reflect and prepare for Easter. During this seven week sermon series, including Palm Sunday and Easter, we will look at things we can give up in order to free us for a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. We will learn that as we give up control, busyness, shame, and ultimately our lives to God, we can take on new life with Jesus Christ. Invite a friend and join us on this journey.
-Reverend Dr. Terry L. Moore