From Pastor Davies – 2/28
Tomorrow is the first day in the season of Lent. Lent is a forty (40) day solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before Easter Sunday. The six (6) Sundays are not included. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penance. And while this practice is certainly acceptable and encouraged, I like to challenge parishioners to use the season of Lent as an opportunity to “take on” spiritual disciplines, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, – all for the purpose of drawing themselves closer to God.
Here at MPC, you have a great opportunity to do this by attending the various services of worship that will take place on Wednesday evenings. It all begins tomorrow night with the Ash Wednesday service at 6:15 p.m. This service will include the imposition of ashes and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. A service of healing and wholeness will take place the following Wednesday, March 8th at 6:15 p.m. Additional prayer services will take place at 6:15 p.m. on March 15th, 22nd, 29th, and April 5th.
The preaching theme for all six services is: Overloaded? Overwhelmed? It is my contention that there are at least six principles given to us by God that have been virtually abandoned among modern-day Christians.
But these age-old principles enable us to overcome overload. They are as follows: You need a Sabbath, you need supplication, you need a sanctuary, you need sustenance, you need a Sovereign, and you need a Savior.
I pray that you will use this year’s season of Lent as an opportunity to examine and strengthen the practice of spiritual disciplines in your daily life. See you Wednesday night and Sunday morning. Have a blessed week.