Take my life, that I may be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
It seems like we just finished celebrating Christmas – I still have my Christmas tree up at the parsonage – and yet we are already making plans for our Lenten Soup & Sandwich suppers and our midweek Lenten services.
Yes, Lent occurs early this year, but perhaps that is a gift. This year’s midweek services will be focusing on opening our lives to God, completely. Each week will focus on a different piece of ourselves that we find so easy to close up – our hearts, our minds, our eyes, our ears, and our hands. We will walk together to learn and wrestle with what having a life that is open looks like.
We will be taking a break from our Midweek Bible Study and Evening prayer to make room for our suppers and worship services. Despite this, there are several opportunities to add a spiritual practice to your Lent – through our daily readings listed on the Staff calendar, following our Facebook page for daily devotional readings, picking up a devotional booklet in the Narthex, picking up the newspaper and praying about the stories you read and for God to bring peace to our world, baking or cooking a meal for a friend and sharing it with them, fasting from something sweet or from television, donating time or money to a non-profit that you care about deeply – the list is endless!
All of these practices and our time learning and worshiping together this Lent are about deepening and strengthening our relationship with the One who created us and loves us so much to never let us go.
Peace & Blessings,