Lenten Season 2023

2.24.23

Dear Church,

We have entered the Lenten Season of 2023, beginning with Ash Wednesday. Thank you to all of you who came to have brunch with us. We were incredibly blessed to have an excellent and meaningful worship service Ash Wednesday evening, with a terrific message from our guest preacher Rev. Alfie Wines, Ph.D. If you did not have an opportunity to join us Wednesday, please take the time to view our worship service online. The church season of Lent, the 40 days, not including Sundays, is a time of self-examination and repentance in preparation for celebrating the most significant day for the Christian faith, Easter.

Please pick up a Lenten devotional Sunday to be a part of your daily spiritual discipline.

*Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ:
The early Christians observed with great devotion
the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection,
And it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration, there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation. During this season, converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith,
were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness,
And restored to participation in the life of the Church.
In this way, the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy, and for- giveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ
and the need we all have to renew our faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,
To observe a holy Lent:
By self-examination and repentance;
By prayer, fasting, and self-denial,
And by reading and meditation on God’s Holy Word
*BOW

In Christ!
Pastor Sela

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