One of the things that I truly love about Lent is its timing. Just about the time we begin to return to our usual schedules and activities after Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, Lent appears. This year, the first Sunday of Lent is Feb. 22nd. That Sunday around 10:00 a.m. we will begin our Lenten book discussion on the book Mosaic, When God Uses All the Pieces by Shane Stanford. The books are available now. In worship that morning we will accept the gift of ashes – that humble reminder that these bodies are temporal, and that this life is a but a journey. Afterwards, we will share a potluck lunch and discuss our ideas for outreach this year.
Starting Lent with a discussion about the church’s ministry and outreach makes sense. Lent is not just about giving something up. That does not have much meaning unless we take the next step, and that is giving to others. Lent is really a time of spring cleaning – of giving something away – our time, our hope, our compassion. A time to recognize that being generous simply means setting aside a little less for ourselves, and giving a little more to others. We all have a ministry, and we all have a dream about a better world. Let’s begin the journey. How do you feel called to serve? How can we be of help? We look forward to your presence and to hearing your hope-filled ideas.
Rev. Sue Ann