Letter from Pastor LT

Lent2014

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb 18. For the 40 days before Easter, excluding Sundays, we will journey through various expressions of devotion and worship so that the gospel can make its way deeper into our lives. Whether you’re just only beginning to follow Jesus, or have been a Christian for some time, Lent is a season to allow God to shape your life around the cross and empty tomb of Christ in fresh intentional ways.

Everything we do or say finds focus in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, the highlight of Lent is Holy Week and so it will be for us as a worshiping community as well.

During the days of Lent leading to Easter, refer to the ideas here to help you, your friends, or family dig deeper into the weekly themes together. Some of these will take some planning but they can be rewarding.

The goal is not to add more things to your already busy schedules and create tired disciples but to help you find purpose and joy in the death and resurrection of Jesus that would lead you to worship the one who loves us.

We will follow these gospel themes each week:

Feb 18   Repentance
Feb 22   Humility
Mar 1     Suffering
Mar 8    Lament
Mar 15   Sacrifice
Mar 22  Death
Mar 29  Sacrifice

4 THINGS TO DO IN LENT
FASTING
Consider the practice of giving something up during Lent, perhaps television, dessert, eating out, or whatever you think you will miss. The point isn’t to be reminded of how much you will miss these things but it’s meant to drive you to long for God more than the things of this world, the things you think give you life. While you fast be reminded of Jesus’ suffering for us, the denial of his own rights, comfort and life for our sake and the glory of God. This ought to prompt us to pray for those who do not know him in our lives, perhaps reach out to them all the more and when appropriate a chance to hear the gospel.

GIVING
As we continually think about Jesus’ sacrifice for us this season, our hearts should be stirred toward gratitude. During Lent, consider how you, your family and our church family might give more extravagantly in worship to our savior, who gave his life for us.

SCRIPTURE READING
As you read, listen for what speaks to you. What areas of insight or interest do you find? Choose a single area of insight from your readings and write a short reflection on it, including a written prayer at the end. 

COME TOGETHER FOR HOLY WEEK
Plan ahead and let us worship together more closely during Holy Week. We’ve planned some activities for Palm Sunday afternoon, a special Seder Meal (RSVP needed, reply to esm@cccnc.org) for Maundy Thursday and a Good Friday Worship Service for us to gather together around.