TWO VERY IMPORTANT ITEMS: 1. TIME—CHANGE THIS SUNDAY! 2. The season of LENT begins this Wednesday!
1. Set you clock forward one hour Saturday night, and remember to set your alarm and get up one hour earlier or you will be late for worship! No one wants to be late! Enough said!
2. Lent is the 40 days of preparation for Easter that the church has set aside for its people to reflect on their personal relationship with Christ. Daily time should be spent examining ourselves, confessing and repenting of our sin and recommitting ourselves to surrendering to His lordship. The 40 days do not include Sundays, which are still days of celebration. The cause for celebration will be enhanced because of the joy that accompanies our growing relationship with our Master.
Lent begins this Wednesday with our shared Ash Wednesday worship with other Disciple churches in the area, hosted this year by First Christian Church, Mishawaka at 7pm on the corner of Elm/Capital and 933/Lincolnway.
Thursday evening we begin our Lenten "Soup and Study" series at the church. Soup is served at 5:15 pm, study begins at 6 pm ending at 7:30. "Concepts for Healthy Transitions" is our topic, one that seems to me to be appropriate for our church at this time. This week we will be discussing how we deal with our grief through celebration of the blessings we have shared. I hope you will be a part of this valuable time transitioning.
Scriptures this week include Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19 and Matthew 4:1-11. How can we make His wilderness experience out own? Sunday the 16th, texts include Genesis 12”1-4a; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 and John 3:1-17 — which include many people’s favorite memory verse—the heart of the Gospel!
I really look forward to sharing our last Lenten experiences together, as God does new and exciting things for us all.