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"A Vision of Things to Come"
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Ash Wednesday is on February 10th this year. Many people observe the season of Lent by making a personal sacrifice (giving up a favorite food or habit, refraining from an activity they enjoy, etc.). Much of the time they give up something that probably isn't that good for their health anyway. I should hope that during this Lenten Season we might consider ways of observing a fast or giving our time and energy sacrificially that will be of service or bring comfort to others. And, I should also hope that you will make time for mid-week and Sunday worship, family devotions, and time out of our busy sched-ules to reflect upon our relationship with God.
Remember that God speaks to us in quiet moments, as well as through the relationships that we cultivate with friends, family, and even those accidental meetings with strangers. As we take this Lenten Walk with Jesus in the forty days before Easter, let us remember that Jesus grew up in the same way, endured many of the same hardships we face, and overcame the same temptations that confront us so that he could take them upon himself for our sakes on the cross. He did this for us, so that we might understand the importance of our being available for others who need to experience the Savior's love, forgiveness, and salvation.
The Lenten theme for our mid-week services, which begin on February 10th with the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion, is Living Lent as People of the Resurrection. There will be no dinner on Ash Wednesday; the evening service will begin at 7:00 PM, and there is also a service at noon. The mid-week dinners will be at 6:00 PM starting February 17, and worship will be at 7:00 PM. There will be sign-up sheets in the narthex soon for those who wish to sign up for the mid-week meals.
As last year, take home materials will be available for all ages to help you in your home devotions and observation of Lent. Lenten folders will also be available for the gathering of coins for the Discretionary Fund to assist our neighbors in need.
Throughout these forty days of Lent, Let us open our eyes, and ears, and hearts to those around us so that the love and presence of Jesus will shine through.
Yours in Christ,
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