I always struggle a bit this time of year when the Church season of Lent begins. Not because I dislike Lent (I don’t), but because it was just a couple of months ago that we were celebrating Jesus’ birth. Now we’re entering a season of self-examination and contemplation as we look toward Holy week and the cross. Last year, Lent began only six weeks in to the New Year and was over in March!
This year, March 1 marks the beginning of Lent. First Presbyterian will again start Lent with a pre-season celebration, Shrove Tuesday. Together with the Boy Scouts, our Deacons will host our pancake supper and fellowship event. The following night, March 1, at 5:30, we will worship together in the chapel to begin the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday and the imposition of ashes. In this service, we remember that “from dust we have come, and to dust we shall return.” I hope that you will join us for this holy event.
Throughout the month of March, we will walk the Lenten journey together; a journey of examination, reflection, and penitence. Some of us will be giving something up for Lent. Others may be adding a routine. If you do give something up or add something, I encourage you to choose something that draws your attention to God’s kingdom around you. Giving up certain luxuries might remind you of those who do not have much. Adding a time of prayer and scripture reading to your daily routine may bring new insights to your faith.
I invite you to join me in exploring the depth of this holy season, growing in our faith, and gaining a greater appreciation for the work of Jesus Christ.