It’s that time of year again … the forty

day journey that leads to the celebration

of Easter. To get there we go through Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. This journey is one that some

people appreciate and some people think is much too somber and others simply don’t care. But the history of Lent is interesting.

 

In the early church, baptism and penance were key Lenten themes.

During Lent, candidates prepared for Easter baptism and people

did public penance for serious sins. I doubt that public penance would fly today. In later years the emphasis gradually shifted

to private penance. Lent became a time of forgiveness and

reconciliation for those who acknowledged their sinfulness.

As time moved on, strict forty-day fasts from meat and other

foods, not attending movies, sports events, etc., were obligatory

for Christians. Gradually these practices became less rigid.

 

Today the emphasis has shifted from long periods of fasting and prayer, to meditation and reflection on the meaning of Easter.

Today, as in the past, the heart of Lent is inner penitence and

reconciliation with God. There are many ways in which we can

observe the season of Lent.  Our church is again offering

opportunities for spiritual growth during this time. This year,

as in the past, we will be offering Ash Wednesday, Maundy

Thursday and Good Friday worship services. The Ash

Wednesday and Maundy Thursday services will be shared

with the congregation of Rock Prairie Presbyterian Church.

 

Each Wednesday during Lent, we will have a mid-week gathering

at 5:00p.m. for study followed by a light supper.  This year we will study the flawed but faithful disciple, Simon Peter. While Simon Peter’s shortcomings are clearly on display in the Gospels, so also

 

 
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