A Note from the Pastor
We are coming to the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent throughout history has been a time of study and preparation. In the early church Lent was a time in which those who were wishing to join the church would go through a time of study and preparation. At the end of this time of preparation, on Easter Sunday, they would join the church. Lent was also a time when those who had fallen away from the church, and desired to come back into fellowship, were tested and prepared to come back into fellowship. Lent is a time of recommitting ourselves to our faith, a time of refocusing ourselves.
This year during the season of lent, I would like to focus on the gifts which God offers to us, through the Holy Spirit. It has been a year of much frustration and difficulty. We all know people who have struggled through the effects of the virus and the shutdown. I think know is the time to remind ourselves that, even in the midst of our struggles, we can know the hope and joy and comfort that God offers to us.
We will begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday Feb 17, at 7:00 PM at First Church. We will celebrate Holy Thursday with Communion on Thursday April 1 at Phelps Chapel at 7:00 PM, and Good Friday at First Church on April 2, at 7:00 PM.
This year for our Lenten Soup and Scripture, we will be looking at the Fruits of the Spirit. These can be found in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
We will begin our Soup and Scripture on Thursday Feb 25 at 6:30 PM at First Church in Wesley Hall. We will meet at Phelps Chapel for Soup and Scripture on March 4, and March 18. We will meet at First Church on March 11 and March 25.
May the season of Lent be a time of hope and renewal as we prepare for the coming of Easter.
In Christ’s Service