March 2020 Newsletter

By West County on March 1st, 2020

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MARCH 2020

Church Family,

At our Ash Wednesday service this week, we officially entered into the season of Lent. I realize that, within our church, we all have different experiences when it comes to Lent. If you grew up in an evangelical church, you may think that Lent is a Catholic tradition where people put ashes on their foreheads and give something up for 40 days. If you come from a liturgical tradition, you may have good experiences and look forward to Lent each year. Or maybe you don’t come from a church background, so the idea of Lent is completely foreign. Regardless of our backgrounds, we worship a God who welcomes all of us to rejoice in His resurrection.

The season of Lent is one of the ways the church has prepared for Easter. It has been part of the church calendar and practiced by Christians around the world for more than 1,500 years. The season begins with Ash Wednesday, which kicks off 40 days (minus Sundays) of prayer and fasting, and seeking after God in preparation for Easter weekend.  

The 40 days of Lent mirror the 40 days that Jesus was in the wilderness, before his ministry began, seeking out God’s presence through prayer. For us, over the next 40 days, we wander into the wilderness seeking to remember our need for God’s presence and to hear His voice through prayer, fasting, and reflection. These 40 days aren’t meant to be a means of earning grace or favor with God, but rather are a tool to heighten our senses to our need for God. 

We will never fully appreciate the glory of the empty tomb until we feel the weight of our sin that sent Jesus to the cross. Lent helps us experience both.

So I encourage you, from now until Easter, take some time (ideally each day) to ask God to search your heart. Remember, we are all in desperate need of Jesus' saving grace. The more we see our need, the more we can rejoice when, together on Easter Sunday, we say, 'He is risen!' 

In preparation of the celebration,
Pastor Scott

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