INVITATION TO OBSERVE A SEASON OF HOLY LENT
Early Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection; and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation.
During this season, converts to Christianity were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had been separated from their community of faith were reconciled in penitence and forgiveness. Restoring the community of faith became both an individual practice in faith and a corporate act of responsible stewardship and community building.
The whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith and grow in grace.
I invite you friends, in the custom of the Church, to observe a holy Lent: by spiritual self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word.
Each Sunday celebration during this season is a day apart and is intended to be a reminder of the celebration of Easter that awaits us after this time of preparation. So we will be singing songs of celebration and hope. We will be considering our role in the divine-human relationship as we share the series Made for a Miracle by Mike Slaughter.
Join us this Sunday February 18 at either 8:30 am or 11:00 am worship and hear the first sermon "YOU AND I ARE MADE FOR A MIRACLE."
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Pastor Paul Harris
Author: Paul E Harris
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