“Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Mk. 9:50b
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
– Psalm 25: 1 (NRSV)
Help me, Lord, to remember that religion is not to be confined to the church…nor exercised only in prayer and meditation, but everywhere I am in thy presence.
– Susanna Wesley, “The Mother of Methodism”
Today (Wednesday, February 17th) we begin the holy season of Lent. Today is Ash Wednesday. Lent is the time period leading up to Easter. 40 days are counted beginning with Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Easter. Sundays are not included in the count–they are considered “little Easters.”
Lent is a time to unite our hearts more closely with God and to center our souls in God.
During Lent we can choose to “give up” or “take on” (or both) something. It can be a thing or a habit and something that is normal and doable. One might give up pop, or chocolate, or take a break from social media during part of the day. One might take on an additional fruit or vegetable, making the bed, or speaking a compliment to someone every day.
Lenten “discipline” is not designed for grandeur (showing off) or punishment. It is designed to encourage us to “turn back” to God–to tether our hearts and souls more tightly to God who loves us. And, every time we “give up” or “take on,” we can think of Jesus, God’s love, and remember, with thanksgiving, the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior.
Breath prayer for the 1st week of Lent:
Breathe in, “God surround me,”
Breathe out, “with your love. Amen.”
This is a “breath prayer.” Breath prayers can help to re-focus, re-center and rejuvenate our hearts, souls, minds and even our bodies. Use them often. Pray them often to re-set yourself on the goodness of God.
THIS Sunday we meet from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. We will enjoy fellowship as we explore Lent.
All you need to do is bring yourself–and a friend, if you like!
Come, join hands and hearts and time. Be in Christian fellowship.
Come and see. Come and follow Jesus. Dwell with God. Commune with the Holy Spirit.
Listen. Your heart hears God calling.
You are invited.
Come and see.
You are welcome.
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May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Shalom. -Numbers 6: 24-26
God is Good. All the Time.
Heidi K. Greenwood Doell Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries and Worship Production