How is your Lenten journey going? I know it is the early days, but I am hoping that you are feeling blessed as you spend time each day in prayer. If you have not yet received a copy of “Prayers for a Lenten Journey” please stop by the office or call and have us mail you one.
It is no accident that the prayers for each week are connected to the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus taught his disciples to pray using these words and we are “bold” to pray in his name. It is also no accident that you are being asked to read the same lesson and pray the same prayer for the whole week. Repetition is good for us, each day we will find new blessings for which to give thanks or new people who are in need of our prayers. These prayers can deepen our faith and fill us with peace.
The “Taking Faith Home” bulletin insert is another great resource for us to use in our homes not just during Lent, but all year long. The conversation starters could be shared with people at work or with neighbors and friends. We all appreciate a chance to be heard and your listening to one another is a gift. I hope that some of us will take time to memorize the “Scripture verse for the Week”. Memorizing is something many of us did as children; it is good for growing minds of any age!
During Lent our prayers on Sunday morning are being framed with “prayer songs”. This time of singing and reflection unites us in our praying and gives us opportunities to add our own concerns to the community prayers. Thank you for sharing your prayer requests and for your kind thoughts and prayers on behalf of others.
Blessings on your Lenten journey—may it lead you ever closer to the heart of God,Pastor Jocelyn