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Lenten Devotionals 2020
 
Join us on a journey through Lent
 
Every year, our church contributes toward a Lenten Devotional booklet, starting on Ash Wednesday and going through Holy Week, sponsored by our Radical Hospitality Committee. This FREE booklet includes daily devotionals for you and yours to read through, and you can pick up a copy at the church (or church office!) starting on Sunday, February 23rd. The devotional booklet will include 46 devotionals, and will also be available online.
 
You can signup to receive the daily devotionals through email, sent every morning from Ash Wednesday (February 26th) through Holy Week (ending April 11th). You can signup to receive these emails through the link below!
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The wilderness invites us into uncultivated and neglected areas. Wilderness may provide a space of adventure as we explore new unknowns and can also stir up fears as we aren’t certain what lies beyond the next corner. In the coming weeks, Lent invites us back into the wilderness of our spiritual lives. These forty days offer us a chance to explore ourselves and meet God in new ways. The ancient Israelites wandered in the wilderness. Jesus spent forty days preparing his ministry in the wilderness. We follow these stories with our yearly focus on ash, death, preparation, and new life within.
 
 
Our Lenten sermon series, Wilderness, will give us a chance to revisit how we journey through the wilderness. It can be a place of beginnings, mystery, disruption, new life, and courage. We will peek into each of these places in the wilderness and know that God is with us all along the way.
 

I encourage you in your daily readings of these beautiful devotionals. We all have a story to share and our community grows stronger as we learn together. For our writers, thank you for sharing your faith with us through your words. I pray God will provide extra insight to us all as we enter the wilderness and eventually return to celebrate resurrection.
 
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Alan
Lent is the 40 days that precede Easter (excluding the Sundays). In the Christian Scriptures, the number 40 relates to the period spent in the ark by Noah, the period spent by Israel seeking the Promised Land after the Exodus, and the amount of time Jesus was in the wilderness after His baptism and prior to the beginning of his ministry. For us, the season of Lent is an invitation to 40 days of renewal (“lent” is a form of the Old English lencten, meaning “spring-time”) and 40 days to prepare ourselves to take in the Good News of Easter through deeper disciplines of prayer, fasting, and sacrifice.
 
 
Lent begins on what is called “Ash Wednesday.” Part of the tradition of Ash Wednesday is to receive a mark of ashes on your forehead. Receiving the ashes reminds us that God’s love is triumphant over sin and death, and that God remains “in communion” with us, that in Christ, our mortality is overcome.
 
 
Another important tradition in Lent is to sacrifice or give up something for the 40 days. For example, some people will give up television, others will give up eating meat, some will give up beer or coffee, others may give up gossiping. This year, as you commit to a sacrifice, I encourage you to also commit to one another in ministry. Add something to your next forty days to help build the Kingdom of God where you are now.