My Dear Friends,
On Wednesday, March 6th we began the journey into the season we call Lent. We began with the messiness of Ash Wednesday and then follow Jesus into the wilderness. We will follow Jesus, slowly making our way to the cross in Jerusalem. This is sacred time in which we are called to deep reflection, preparation, and reconnecting with our God. The paschal mystery of the dying and rising again of Jesus Christ and our participation in the rhythm is paramount in the life of people who believe in the Gospel and follow the way of the Risen Lord.
It is my sincere hope that you take the opportunity and find a way to participate both on a personal and communal level to get to know God more fully. Take time to allow your relationship with God to be nurtured: Spend time with the scriptures and in community with other’s who seek to know God. Find out what kind of God loves so much as to take on the same struggles and hardships of life that we do - only to be betrayed and left to die on a cross and yet, even then, is full of love, mercy, and forgiveness. Prepare yourself for resurrection by making time daily to hear what God might be saying to you. Surely, it begins with “I Love You.” Allow the grit and grime of this world to be stripped away so that you might be made new again by that same love of God.
Come and be in community with us and share in the Communion of the risen Lord who has come to give light and life to each of us.
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer. (BCP 264)
Fr. Will +