Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The 40 days are reminiscent of several biblical events: Jesus’ 40 day fast at the beginning of his ministry, Moses’ stay on Mount Sinai at the giving of the Law, Elijah’s fast on his way to the mountain of God. Along with many other Christians throughout the world, we consider the season of Lent to be important because it provides the opportunity to focus attention on the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.
The Christian’s Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday with a reminder of our mortality and a strong call to repentance. The ancient practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful gives Ash Wednesday its name. The practice is a public expression of repentance and of our human frailty that stands in need of Christ.
The call to repentance and renewal is not repeated during the Sundays in Lent because they are not properly part of the season. Rather, these Sundays serve as "islands of refreshment" during the course of the season, in keeping with the emphasis that all Sundays are "little Easters."
MIDWEEK LENTEN SERVICES
Wednesdays, March 6 – April 10
3:35 & 6:30 PM
The overall theme for our midweek services is “Three Words of Truth.” Each service focuses on a poignant three-word phrase from the record of Jesus’ passion and resurrection.