Greetings Resurrection Blue Springs,
I hope your Friday is off to a good start. It’s hard to believe it but Lent begins this coming week with Ash Wednesday. This year Ash Wednesday actually falls on Valentine’s Day, which hasn’t happened since 1945. This is not the best of news for those whose fasting gives up the indulgences we usually partake in on this day hearts, flowers and chocolate. However, it does give us an opportunity to reflect on the fact that celebrating love should not be reduced to one day, and that sometimes love requires self-sacrifice and self denial.
Ash Wednesday gives us a chance to think on our own sins, on how we have failed in our love for God and one another. We think of the social consequences of sin and renew our desire to turn from sin and to do the good which needs to be done. In biblical times, the imposition of ashes on one’s head was a way of publicly expressing an awareness of one’s sin and repentance. Ashes were also a sign of one’s mortality – we say at a burial, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Ash Wednesday points both to our need for forgiveness and our mortality. This is an important way to begin the season of Lent as it points to Lent’s climax. Lent ends in Jesus’ death on the cross for our forgiveness, demonstrating his great love for us and ends in his resurrection – triumphing over death. Join us at 7 pm for this important time of worship.
Parents, you might think of celebrating Valentine’s early and taking advantage of our expanded TGIF tonight. Children from birth through 5th grade are invited to come tonight from 6-8 pm for an evening of fun. Check the details below and sign up quickly.
This Sunday we will conclude our series on Christianity & World Religions. Pastor Adam will be sharing why – after studying and looking at the other main religions of the world – we believe following Jesus is the way to live our lives and God’s fullest expression of truth and life. At the conclusion of our service we'll offer an opportunity for you to recommit your life to Christ, or in some cases, to commit your life to Christ for the very first time. You won't want to miss this Sunday in worship. It will be a great and powerful conclusion to this series of sermons as we prepare to shift our attention to Lent. Invite a friend to join you.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Grace and peace,
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