Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
40 days. There are 40 days in the season of Lent. The tone of the hymn’s changes to more somber sounding, the readings and prayers are centralized on the calling of us as God’s people to repentance of and contrition for our sins. “Forty” shows up in the Bible in such places as the 40 years in the wilderness for the Jews; 40 years from the crucifixion of Jesus to the destruction of Jerusalem; 40 days of Moses on the mount receiving the Law; Moses’ life being divided into three sections of 40 years; 40 days given to Nineveh; 40 days of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness; Jesus being with his disciples for 40 days following the resurrection and other places in the redemption story as well.
March 6th is Ash Wednesday, which begins the 40 days of Lent this year. The season of Lent is to be a reflective time, when we prepare and get ready for Holy Week, when we remember the last week of Jesus’ life among us, before He willingly went to the cross to redeem us from all of our sins.
This year we are having a sermon series, Thy Will Be Done, as we look at the stories of different believers lives and how God used them to accomplish His Will and their part in His ultimate plan of salvation. We will be looking at the stories of Abraham and Isaac; of Moses and Pharaoh; of King David and Nathan the Prophet; Mary, the mother of our Lord; Saul becoming the Apostle to the Gentiles renamed Paul; and Lydia, a faithful follower who witnessed through words and actions.
There are also personal devotions that have been purchased that follow the theme of Thy Will Be Done, another kind of devotion for the Youth of the Church, and for young families a family devotion and sticker activity board. These will be available in the narthex throughout Lent. Take a little extra time this season of Lent to help prepare your heart and mind for the Passion of our Lord Jesus.
In Christ’s Peace,
Pastor Ryan Honeycutt