Observing The Lenten Season
"Crucifixion", by Robert R Thurman,
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN
Numbers are important in Scripture. Most people are familiar with the perfect number of seven, and perhaps ten relating to the Ten Commandments. But forty is also significant. Moses was on Mt. Sinai for forty days and nights. Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by the devil. The number forty carries with it the idea of listening to the Lord, of being called to obey God and overcome the temptations that confront us.
The Season of Lent is a forty day period of listening to and reflecting upon our Lord. Some people use the discipline of giving up something for Lent or in fasting one day a week. Whatever we may do it is helpful to use the time to grow in our relationship to Christ.
Forty days over the seven weeks from Ash Wednesday, February 14th, to Easter Sunday, April 1st, relate to us again the gracious work our Lord has accomplished on our behalf as He journeyed toward the Good Friday cross. Without this sovereign work of our Triune God we would have no life.
In counting the forty days, Sundays are not included since Sunday is always the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, and the truth that He is alive forever more.
We invite you to share with us in the forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday with a service of confession, individual absolution with the imposition of ashes, and holy communion. Each of the following Wednesday evenings we have a Lenten supper and brief time of worship. Our theme this year examines some of the hymns of our faith, particularly as they have come from the life and trials of Christians before us.
Again this year our congregation has produced their own daily Lenten devotional booklet called "In Our Own Words". You are encouraged to use this devotional by clicking on the link below. May our Lord bless you and deepen your faith in this holy season.
We welcome you to share our:
- Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes
& Holy Communion, Wednesday, February 14, 7 PM
- Lenten Soup Supper & Service Wednesdays, 6 PM
- Holy Thursday Sedar Meal & Service,March 29, 6 PM
- Good Friday "Quiet Communion", March 30, Noon
- Easter Sunday Resurrection Celebration, April 1, 10:30 AM
To assist you with your personal Lenten reflection, members of Christ Lutheran have written a Devotional Booklet that you can read on-line, or download and print by clicking "In Our Own Words"