Wednesday, March 6th is the beginning of the Lenten season in the church. We will be combining with Emmanuel UMC, at the corner of Summit and Howard Streets for an Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 P.M. Please plan to attend.
Lent is the forty day period of time (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Did you know that "40" is a significant number in the Bible? In the Genesis story of Noah, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights! Moses was Prince of Egypt for 40 years! The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert! Jonah warned the people of Ninevah to repent or be destroyed in 40 days!
At the Ash Wednesday service, ashes (which are from the burning of the previous year's palms) are placed on our heads in the sign of a cross to represent our humility and mortality. During the 40 days of Lent, Christians are called to fast, pray, and give. May we use this time to renew our faith in Christ and grow closer to God.
March 31st will be another special Sunday when the Youth will be presenting our Worship service. Let us encourage and support them as we grow and worship together.
In Christian love,