Greetings in Christ,
Today is Ash Wednesday which brings us into the season of Lent.
In the Treasury of Daily Prayer there is a brief statement about this season:
“During the forty days of Lent, God’s baptized people cleanse their hearts through the discipline of Lent: repentance, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Lent is a time in which God’s people prepare with joy for the Paschal Feast (Easter). It is a time in which God renews His people’s zeal in faith and life. It is a time in which we pray that we may be given the fullness of grace that belongs to the children of God.”
Tonight we begin a series called “Behold the Man!” We recognize that God took on flesh in order to save you and me. Tonight, in particular, we reflect on how God – who had no need of food – took on flesh and then fasted to succeed where Adam failed.
The service will begin with the imposition of Ashes that remind us of our mortality and are a sign of repentance. And yet, they are imposed upon us in the sign of a cross to remind us that our death is not the end of the story!
As you prepare for the Divine Service this evening, you can take a look at the Service Folder to find the readings, prayers, and other parts of the service that will help to guide your reflection and prayer.
For a discussion on fasting and Lent as a whole, you can hear Pastor Jeff Hemmer discuss the season of Lent and the series he wrote (Behold the Man! that we’re using at Immanuel) on this segment from Issues, Etc.
If you weren’t able to join us for service last week, you can catch up now.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Blessings on your day!
p.s. My apologies to the 9 am service that I didn’t get this out yesterday.
Also, remember dinner starts at 5 pm!