Today is Ash Wednesday. First Presbyterian Church gathers for worship at 12 noon in the Chapel, 5.30 p.m. at WOW (Community Crossroads) and at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Scripture, preaching, music, prayers, the imposition of ashes, and the sharing of the Lord’s Supper mark the beginning of the season of Lent. Beginning today, and continuing for the next 40 days, we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and to the cross. In addition to Sunday worship at Penn Street and Wednesday evening worship at WOW (Community Crossroads), additional Midday Prayer services on Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Sanctuary will focus our reflections on the cross. Lent is a rich time for us spiritually. Following is an excerpt from Rhythms of Worship (Stevens and Waschevski, Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)
Lent is a kind of spiritual pilgrimage or journey. Such a journey calls for simplifying things and for traveling light. It is a time for each of us to ask, “What helps me live my faith, and what just gets in the way?” Lent is a good time to begin or to enrich devotional reading and prayer disciplines. Lent is a good time to serve the poor and work for justice. Lent is a good time for a spiritual retreat that includes silence, prayer, reflection, and worship. Lent is a good time to ask, “Is my identity rooted in faith, baptism, and discipleship, or is it rooted in something else? If it’s rooted in something else, what do I need to do about that? Lent is a time to live into a new way of being, with God’s help. (pp. 53-54)
How will you live into a new way of being, with God’s help, this Lent? Know that your pastors are praying for you and are here for you as companions on this Lenten journey. May we all have a holy Lent.
God’s peace to you,