On February 26, we joined together on Ash Wednesday in a focused time of prayer and repentance to begin the holy season of Lent. Lent is a season of forty days (not counting Sundays), which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday just before Easter. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring" and the forty day period represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.

Lent is traditionally a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is an important time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was also a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, it is a specific season for us as Christians to focus on our relationship with God. In doing so, many of us often choose to give up or fast from something we enjoy or that might be hindering us from deepening our relationship with God (i.e. social media, unhealthy foods/beverages, toxic relationships, an attitude/mindset, or television programs). We may also decide to add something to our daily routine that focuses our hearts on serving others (sharing a random act of kindness, starting a Bible study or writing cards.)

This Lenten season, whether you are choosing to fast from something or adding a spiritual discipline (or both!), may we use these 40 days to be intentional about growing closer to the Lord and to each other. I also invite you to join us online in the following special worship opportunities as we set out on this journey together:

Palm Sunday

April 5, on  You Tube.

Maundy Thursday

April 9, on You Tube.

Good Friday

April 10, noon we will recite  the stations of the cross together on You Tube.

Easter Sunday

April 12, on You Tube