Blessings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
As I write this pastoral letter, we are about to enter the Lenten season. Lent is a period of 40 days that begins Ash Wednesday and ends at Easter. It is a time of spiritual preparation
leading into the commemoration of Christ’s death (Good Friday), and resurrection (Easter Sunday). Christians in the first and second centuries used this time to prepare new converts for their baptisms. It is a sacred time for many Christians, and I hope that each of us can be edified as we observe Lent.
During Lent, we will be holding Wednesday evening services in which we will hear from God’s word, sing hymns and pray together. I encourage you to come out to as many of those services as you are able. In addition to our corporate worship experiences, I also want to encourage you to grow closer to the Lord through your spiritual disciplines. Please be in prayer every day. Spend time in complete quiet – no distractions – opening yourself up to the presence of God. Spend time every day reading the Bible. I think that taking the 40 days of Lent to read through the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) is a great way to prepare for Holy Week.
In addition to these spiritual disciplines, I invite you to try something new this year. You may want to fast for a day. You may want to take a Day of Silence. You may want to give up technology for a period. Whatever you feel God leading you to do, make a commitment to the Lord and follow through. I pray that you will be blessed as you pursue the Lord’s presence in your life.