SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 6th
THE LENTEN ENVIRONMENT
As Jewish families prepared to celebrate the eight days of Passover, they began by cleaning their homes. They swept and cleaned out cupboards, all in an effort to remove even a crumb of anything that was leavened. During their days of recalling the hasty departure from Egypt and the Passover from slavery into freedom, they were to eat only unleavened bread. As we prepare for Lent, let us use this time to clean house — to remove the clutter and dust.
(paraphrased from Just in Time! by Lucy Lind Hogan)
The Entire Community is Invited!
Reclaimed by Reformed churches in the last few decades, Ash Wednesday is the entry point for Lenten preparation. It is a service rich in ritual and symbolism. Palms waved at the previous year’s Palm Sunday service are saved and burned to create ashes for the next Ash Wednesday. Participants on Ash Wednesday come forward for a minister or elder to mark their foreheads with the sign of the cross in ashes, saying the words, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return,” from Genesis 3:19. With these words, disciples are reminded of their mortality and, when combined with the sign of the cross, they are also reminded of the hope of the resurrection.
Christians do not receive the sign of the cross to attract attention or to be noticed by others; they receive the sign of the cross to focus on who they are as human beings, bound in death and life to Christ. Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent provide time to explore the mystery at the heart of the gospel that being a Christian means a new life through Christ.
Monday Night Dinner & Devotion
Starting Monday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m., Lynn McLean will be hosting "dinner and devotion".
The Rev. Taylor Todd, local Presbyterian minister, will lead us through a 6-week study of The Way by Adam Hamilton.
Members and visitors can contact the church office to sign up and to get directions.
Each week a member will provide the main course and everyone who comes is encouraged to provide a side dish.
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