From Pastor Caroline (3/4/22) . . .

A Lenten Journey

March 4, 2022

Then Jesus said,

“Father, forgive them;

for they do not know what they are doing.”

~Luke 9:35

It was such a joy to be together on Wednesday evening as we gathered together to usher in the Lenten season. Lent is such an important time of preparation in the church. It is a time for self-reflection and evaluation. It is a time for simplicity. It is a time to remember whom we choose to follow and the cost of our discipleship.

Lent is representative of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, tempted by Satan. For some, it is a time of self-denial and sacrifice, remembering the sacrifice that Christ made for each of us. This time in the wilderness is significant. Jesus spent the time in the wilderness prior to beginning his earthly ministry. It was a time for him to evaluate his commitment, for self-reflection. It was a time for him to be tested so that God could see that Jesus was truly ready to withstand the ministry that lay ahead. Jesus voluntarily went into the wilderness to ensure that there was nothing left of his will and that all he was pursuing was God’s will.

So, we spend this time throughout Lent considering our commitment, considering the cost of our discipleship. During these next six weeks, we ensure that we are prepared for God’s ministry. God has great ministry for us as a church. We want to be prepared.

We will ensure that there is nothing left of our will but that all we are pursuing is God’s will. We will build on that foundation that we have established as we lean in to the Holy Spirit and hear God’s word for us as a church. So, I ask you to commit yourselves to journeying to the cross this Lenten season. Let’s focus on the wilderness walk as we are prepared for the ministry that God has for us.

This year, during Lent, we are going to focus on the seven last words of Jesus spoken from the cross as recorded in the gospel texts. Each week we will look at one of the sayings and remember the words spoken. We will consider these words:

know, truth, here, forsaken, thirsty, finished, commend.

We will consider the truth that they hold for each of us. Then as we enter into our Easter season, we will be prepared to fully embrace the mystery and together, we will BELIEVE.

I invite you to join us each week, as together we journey to the cross. I do hope that your wilderness wandering will lead you to the empty tomb and the hope that it holds.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Caroline