“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:8-9
Just as those of us who live in a “seasonal” climate appreciate the difference in the temperatures and various activities we engage in during different times of the year, I feel blessed to be in a church that pays attention to the church calendar. I like the variety, but also I feel like I know more of the biblical story when we put it an orderly context. When we encounter scripture from the whole Bible we experience the different emotions inspired by our faith.
We have just ended the season of Epiphany, so that is why so many of our scripture readings and sermons were focused on light and love. With our Ash Wednesday service this week, we enter 40 days in Lent. During Lent our worship is not as “bright”—we focus more on sin and repentance, and our music is not as upbeat. Our scripture readings and sermons lead us and prepare us for the glorious day of Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
This year we will again share in a “Meager” meal at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the Great Hall (provided by the Fellowship Team), and our Ash Wednesday service will follow at 7:00 with Terri preaching. There will also be the imposition of Ashes. I hope you and your family will join us for this service that begins the Lenten season.
Grace and peace,