Meanwhile his disciples urged him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you know nothing about.’ – John 4:31-32 (NIV)
Good morning First UMC,
The season of Lent begins today. We will mark the beginning of the season with our Ash Wednesday service this evening at 6:15 pm in the sanctuary. All are invited to attend.
Lent is a season of 40 days leading up to Easter. The season began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism for new converts to the faith. Over time, the season became an occasion for penance by all Christians. Lent is a time when the entire Church is reminded of our mortality and sin that is only overcome by the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. It is a reminder of us all to renew our faith.
On Ash Wednesday, palms from the previous Palm Sunday are burned and we receive the mark of the ashes as a sign of that sin and mortality, both of which Christ defeats at Easter. Prayer, fasting, and giving to the poor are common spiritual practices during the season.
A common question during the season is, “What are you giving up for Lent?” In recent years, another question has become common as well, “What will you take up for Lent?”
Whether you are giving up something or taking on something for Lent or both, I pray your faith is strengthened during this season as you draw closer to God.
Grace and Peace.