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No one seems to know exactly when Christians began observing the liturgical season of “Lent”. But since the earliest days of the Church, there has been an emphasis on spiritual preparation for Easter.
At first, it was primarily a time devoted to getting new believers ready for their baptisms. Later the focus was on penitence, fasting and self-denial. And more recently it has also become a time for taking on new disciplines that are constructive and useful for Christ’s followers. So what form of “spiritual housecleaning” would improve your discipleship of the Lord Jesus as you prepare for Easter this year?
As always, our Lenten worship begins with an “Ash Wednesday” service on March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. To remind us that we are mortal—that we are made of dust—we will offer the imposition of ashes for those who wish to follow this ancient practice.
But before we get to Lent, there will be a glorious “Gifts of Women” service on Sunday, March 3. The women of Burgaw Presbyterian will lead us in Word, litany and song. This year we will honor women who exhibit grace that knows no boundaries, including the Syrophoenician woman who reached-out to the Hebrew Rabbi Jesus seeking healing for her daughter.
On Sunday, March 10, the Girl Scouts will be with us and our gospel message will be Luke’s account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. The season of Lent emulates the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his ministry and resisting temptations.
On Sunday, March 17, the Gospel Lites will be with us to encourage us in the faith by spreading the Word of God in song.
On Sunday, March 24, we will revisit the story from Genesis that tells the day God made an everlasting covenant with Abram; and listen as the Lord Jesus laments the coming destruction of Jerusalem in Luke’s gospel.
Then on Sunday, March 31, we will join a group of grumbling Pharisees—as Jesus tells the Parable of the Prodigal Son, which is actually a story about a father who had two sons in need of repentance and forgiveness.
And in March we will also begin a four-session Lenten Bible Study that dives into the life, faith, and character of the disciple Simon Peter: a student who continually exasperated his teacher. After being given “the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven”, Simon rebuked Jesus and later denied that he even knew the man. The class will meet in the Men’s Sunday School classroom in the manse at 9:30 a.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 20.
Come join us for worship and Bible study!
Yours in Christ,
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