The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6, with a special worship service at 7:00 p.m.
The Imposition of Ashes (the sign of the cross on your forehead using the ashes from Palm of the Sunday palms last year) will be offered to those who desire them (optional) and we will also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Our theme for Lent is “Walking in the Way”. After Jesus’ resurrection, those who followed him were known as people “who belonged to the Way” and this precedes them being called Christians. The “Way” suggests movement. Jesus never asked people to “worship” him, he invited them to “follow” him. Jesus was known as an itinerate preacher who went from town to town proclaiming the Good News of God’s love for all people. In doing so, Jesus invited people to repent (change their minds) and live in a different way. This way was marked by love, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, concern for and service to others.
“Walking in the Way” suggests not only movement but also indicates speed. Walking is not standing still but it also not running. It is steady, consistent movement. Following Jesus is not a race that goes to the swiftest. As we walk, we take in the sights and sounds around us. We pay attention to what is going on and we take time to be present in the situations we encounter. Jesus didn’t race from one town to the next. He walked.