A fresh start

The season of Lent starts on the first of March with Ash Wednesday. I saw a statistic that in the US, Lent is practiced by less than 25% of the population. I think Lent has a bad rap. It starts out with “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. Then moves into austerity programs of giving up something desirable.

Once again, we’ve perhaps missed the point. Lent is the church season six weeks prior to Easter that reminds us to follow Jesus into the mystery of suffering and resurrection. Or, simply put: we follow Jesus into life.

Why Lent and why every year?

Well, we forget. We forget who and whose we are. Emilie Griffin says it best:

“Lent is our chance for a fresh start, a new page. We consciously let down our defenses against the grace of God.”

We remember with humility who made us and what we are made of. We open our hearts, our minds and maybe our calendars to make room for Jesus. We stop so that we can start.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow for the traditional scripture the Sunday before Lent: the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration and the reminder of who he is (God’s beloved) and who we are (God’s beloved.) We’ll see you at 9:00 or 10:30 am or through the stream. It’s the day of our annual Congregational Gathering & Celebration which begins at 11:30 am.

Then, we’ll be looking for you in Lent.

  • Ash Wednesday, March 1 – come anytime between 5:30 & 7:00 p.m., Room 3800, RCHS
  • Sunday, March 5 – Peter & Brendan Mayer join us for worship at one service only, 10:00 a.m. and then for a House Concert , 3:00 -5:30 pm at Pastor Dave and Amy’s home.
  • Wednesdays, March 8 thru April 5 – Lend Midweek Soup & Worship, 6:00 -7:30 p.m. at Great Beginnings.

May we enter the season of Lent together and breathe a new spirit into our relationship with God.

Grace be with you,


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