FOH March 6, 2014
This week the Church enters one of its most sacred times: the season of Lent. In children’s worship and chapel, we talk about this as the season that we prepare ourselves to celebrate the mystery of Easter. The Christian tradition of Lent is closely associated with Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. Many of you know that last week I returned from a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Something that really surprised me was the significant diversity of Israel’s landscape. In about a 30-minute bus ride – or a half days hike – you move from the fertile land of Galilee to the desolate mountains of the Judean desert. Survival in this kind of wilderness would require one to be intentional in finding basic necessities like water and shelter. Jesus’ focus during his 40 day stay in the wilderness wasn’t on sustenance of the body, but rather intentionally drawing near to God and discerning how his earthly ministry would take shape.
This theme of intentionality during Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness is carried into our understanding of Lenten disciplines. The Lenten journey requires intentionality in our preparation and focus. Traditionally Lent is a time when Christians commit themselves to faith practices, like prayer, fasting and giving. Preparing for the death and resurrection of Christ involves intentionally drawing near to God and acknowledging our sin. Facing the Lenten journey this way prepares us for a more full understanding of the great mystery of our faith: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
This Sunday, immediately following the 10:30am worship service is Eat, Pray, Lent. This is an intergenerational opportunity for us to turn toward Jerusalem together, and begin this Lenten journey with intentionality by committing ourselves to praying with and for one another. At this event, we will explore fun and creative ways to pray – through games, art, and writing – and try them together. Eat, Pray, Lent will be in the Fellowship Hall. The price is $5 for individuals and $10 per family. This cost includes lunch. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Thursday, March 6 to RSVP.
May we as a community of faith come together, intentionally discovering ways to grow in God’s grace and love during this most holy season of Lent.
Grace and Peace,