Dear friends and fellow disciples,
Lent is upon us.
Today - Ash Wednesday - we mark the beginning of the 40 days (excluding Sundays) of preparing for Easter. It is a time of searching the heart and the spirit, as we do our best to walk alongside Jesus and the disciples as they headed toward Jerusalem. It was in the Holy City Jesus was welcomed with palms, then was later betrayed, arrested, and killed. The Lenten journey is not for the faint of heart, but for all who seek to the difficult road of discipleship. I challenge you to dig deeply into this season and listen carefully for God's call for you.
Join us tonight
for an evening of fellowship, reflection, and preparation. We’ll gather for a pancake dinner at 5:45pm and settle in for worship at 7:00pm with the imposition of ashes. In between, at 6:15pm, we’ll have some time for children and families to talk about Lent together.
As we’ve shared, much of our Lenten reflection will be focused around "
The Confession of Belhar
.” Written in 1986 but added to the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s
Book of Confessions
in 2016, it helps us see how the church has offered faithful proclamation in complex times – in this instance, in Apartheid-era South Africa – but also points us to ways we might follow Jesus today.
We will also learn about Lenten imagery in art, and offer new opportunities to connect kids, youth, and families to all that God has for us in this beautiful but rocky season. We’ll also claim the rhythm of Lent through some regular practices in our worship and in prayer life. A few details: