Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – Ash Wednesday

Today begins the 40 days before Easter that marks the season of Lent (this includes all of the days except for the Sundays). You may think it unusual or not fitting that today is also Valentines Day. It last happened in 1956. It will happen again in only eleven years in 2029. Today is a day of hearts and love. This is one of the greatest days of the year for the sales of flowers and sentimental cards. Yet the message of Jesus in the cross is the greatest of all love stories. That is just what I take away when I consider the total message of Jesus in all that he said and even more in what he did for us. Paul states this truth in a powerful way in Romans.
 
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”     (Romans 5:8)
 
I remember hearing something similar to this verse in an unusual way. ‘True love is being willing to die for someone you want to kill.” Jesus loved people. He did not limit his love to those who followed him. He did not only love those who agreed with him. His love is the ingredient that brings change to angry hearts. He loved broken people, sinners and you and me. He even loved those who nailed him to the cross.  
 
During this Lenten season we are going to prayerfully thank God for the kind of love we have been given in Jesus. This love is eternal in comparison to the flowers given today. It is also lived out in action and not only in words.
 
 
 

In Christ’s Service,  

Pastor Dave

Season of Lent

Today begins the season of lent.  This period of time before Easter is meant to be a time of reflection and growth as the people of God.  Our theme for lent this year is “Praying with Jesus.”   The sermon tonight deals with Jesus teaching us to pray, and the first part of the Lord’s Prayer.  Fasting, confession, and all types of acts of service have histories in the season of lent.  The 40 day period is mentioned in writings from as early as 325, and fasting during lent in mentioned by Irenaeus, a famous church father who lived and ministered from 130-200.  

The question is sometimes asked, why fast? Why pray?  I used the analogy this morning with the students about a boat.  When you tie it to the dock and pull it tight what moves?  Not the dock but the boat moves to the dock.  Even if you have the largest cruise ship in the world now, the Harmony of the Seas, what moves when it is tied and tightened to a pier?  The ship.  Lent is meant to be a season where we tie ourselves to Jesus, with prayer or any activity that is meant to bring us closer to him.  We pray together.

Jesus, help make this season one of growth.  May I grow in my understanding of your will and the passion you have for me in Jesus.  May the grace of the cross be imprinted upon my soul by the power of your Spirit so that I move closer to You. 

Amen

Pastor Dave

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2017 Ash Wednesday

Family of Christ Lutheran Church will have our

 

Ash Wednesday Service

March 1st at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  

Join us for a potluck dinner at  6:00 pm in the Narthex.

 

 

 

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Dave

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