Wednesday, March 1 | Ash Wednesday Service -“Following Jesus” | 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary
This Lent our sermon series is “Practices for the Journey”. But before we talk about practices, we need to be clear on what journey we are on. Our journey is to follow Jesus and become like Jesus (the first disciples are our example). Lent is a special season in the church year in which we engage in ordinary practices, individual and communal, inward and outward, that help us follow Jesus. Like the first disciples though, we are not only following Jesus, but Jesus is our companion in the journey through the Holy Spirit. This give us confidence and hope as we step forward in the journey.
Sunday, March 5 | Meditating | Psalm 77
To mediate is to dwell on something or someone, to let it focus our scattered thoughts and shape our desires. To meditate on God is to dwell richly in God’s word, remembering God’s mighty acts in history and in our lives as the Psalmist does in Psalm 77. To meditate on God is to create space for the Spirit to speak to us of God’s comfort, challenge, and love. In Lent, we especially meditate on God’s great love for us displayed in Jesus’ journey to and through the cross for our sake. Creating space in our full lives, and focusing our attention when our minds are easily distracted is something that takes practice. But we can be sure that God is pleased with us when we simply “show up” and attend to His presence in our lives.