Waters Edge family –
The Forty Day Season of Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. Lent is designed to be a time of spiritual renewal and preparation for the most holy of all Christian days: Easter Sunday.
As has been our custom, we’ll begin our Lenten observance tonight with our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper by “emptying the cupboards” of all those things that we might fast from eating during Lent. On “fat” Tuesday the faithful eat their fill in anticipation of refraining from some of their favorite foods in the coming days. I hope that you’ll join us tonight from 5 – 6pm for some pancakes, butter, syrup and bacon…yum!
Tomorrow, we’ll once again offer two identical Ash Wednesday service opportunities. The first will take place overlooking the Bluff downtown (near Bay and Adventure) at 12:30pm (weather permitting). The second will take place at the church at 6pm. Each service will offer readings, prayers, a homily and the imposition of ashes.
Pray, Fast, Give
Traditionally Lent is a time to focus on three spiritual disciplines: praying, fasting and giving. Once again this year WE has set a shared giving goal of collecting 120 health kits for farmworker families who will be arriving shortly after Easter for the spring/summer picking season. Look for the details of what should be included on the WE Serve Table.
Worship and Study
To guide our worship throughout Lent I have planned a series inspired by Adam Hamilton’s book, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. In the coming weeks we’ll consider the following topics:
3.1 Our Walk Begins with Worship and Prayer
3.8 Our Walk is Strengthened Through Study
3.15 Our Walk Takes Shape Through Service
3.22 Our Walk Multiplies Through Giving
3.29 Our Walk Includes Lifelong Faith Sharing
4.5 Our Walk Involves Suffering
4.12 Our Walk Leads to Eternal Life
For those who are interested in a deeper study, the Monday Night Study Group led by Tom Potenza will making use of Hamilton’s book as well, with the topics above discussed the following Monday at 6:30pm. Books are available online and Tom will have a few books at the first session on 3.2. Contact Tom for more details.
Since I was a little boy Ash Wednesday and Lent have been one of the most special days and seasons of the year for me. There’s something humbling and centering to have the words “Remember that you are dust…and to dust you shall return” spoken over you. My prayer is that the Season of Lent will be a time of remembering and reclaiming our identities as children of God.
With eyes toward Good Friday, lane
Rev. Lane Glaze