From the Pastor;
The season of Lent is upon us as we will begin our observance with the Ash Wednesday Service of March 5th at 7pm. I
invite and encourage each of you to attend this moving and meaningful service that traditionally begins our journey to
the cross and Christ our chosen Savior. A key word here is "begins" for we have some wonderful opportunities for all
of us to invest ourselves into the introspective process that defines the Lenten Season.
One opportunity will begin on Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm as pastors Chris and Sue will lead a study of the "Green
Words" in the bible. This is a study of scripture as it applies to our relationship with creation, our position as stewards
of the earth and scriptural references to the environment and nature. Each of the 6 weeks will begin with a light meal
and then the study. What a great opportunity to better understand God's gift of all creation and our relationship with the world
Another opportunity will be our Sunday Evening Lenten Services that begin on March 9th. Even though these will be
conducted and contains all the elements of a worship service, they will be very different from our Sunday Morning services.
Yes they will include singing, prayer, offering and scripture; but that's were the similarity ends. The services will be held
in our fellowship hall, beginning at 6pm, and refreshments will be available before, during and after the service. The music
will be a blend of some old time favorites as well as some new songs for us to learn. The readings of God's word will be
followed by a lesson/discussion rather than a sermon. In keeping with the tradition of Lent, that of a time of honest
evaluation and introspection of our faith as individuals and collectively, the lessons will be based on what I found to be
very thought provoking book entitled "If the Church Were Christian" by Phillip Gulley.
A part of the Lenten tradition is to give up something for its observance, so each of us can decide what it is that we might
sacrifice. If we want to factor in what that might be that will enable us to further develop our faith; then I guess we could choose
to give up chocolate or coffee or just maybe decide to give up an evening or two each week during Lent to invest the time in that
development. Whatever we each decide, I hope and pray that God will continue to guide each of us and all of us in our
journey with Christ to and through the cross during this Lenten Easter season.