Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Tonight some of us will gather at Covenant Presbyterian Church for a simple supper and service that includes the imposition of ashes. Commemorating Ash Wednesday was not a part of the Baptist tradition in which I was raised. It was considered a “Catholic” practice and therefore not a good thing. I have grown some since those days, as I trust we all grow over time. There’s nothing I know of that’s fundamentally un-Baptist about a service of penitence that includes a significant symbol of personal repentance as we begin a time of preparation for Easter. I am grateful for this time to reflect on the significance of Easter and all that leads up to it, both in my own life and in that of our congregation. What does it mean for us to be a repentant people when called for so that we can honestly claim to be Easter people all the time?
Sunday, Pastor Gregory will be leading us in Worship for the Whole Family, which will include Communion. The texts for the day are ones that treat the subject of temptation. What are the things that draw us away from intimate relationship with God and a willingness to walk God’s way? Even Jesus had to wrestle with very real temptations to take an easier path than the one God opened to him. What can we learn from his experience and our own reflection that will help us along the way?
In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will continue our exploration of the Parables. This week we will begin to look at some specific Parables, especially the more challenging ones, to see what they might have meant to Jesus and his audience and what the might mean to u us.
So, see you Sunday at 10 AM for Worship, Communion, and Adult Spiritual Formation. Invite someone to share the time with you.
Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.