With Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the liturgical season of Lent officially began. Lent remembers Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. Thus, Lent spans forty days beginning with Ash Wednesday and concluding with Holy Saturday, the Saturday before Easter Day. The forty days in Lent do not include Sundays because in Christian theology every Sunday is a “little Easter” and commemorates the day on which God raised Jesus from death to life. Sundays are properly referred to, then, as “the Lord’s Day,” remembering the day on which the Lord rose.
The Lenten discipline to which we were asked to commit ourselves on Ash Wednesday was the daily reading of the devotional guide entitled, God’s Abiding Love. This calendar of daily devotions is taken from the writings of renowned author and theologian Henri Nouwen. Nouwen’s devotions are very accessible and convey significant spiritual nurture for our daily lives. Copies of Nouwen’s devotional guide were mailed and are also available on the information desk in the Filgo Welcome Center.
I hope you will be in worship each Sunday in Lent. Next Sunday our sermon scripture is John 3:1-17, the encounter of Jesus and Nicodemus. This is a favorite scripture of many, and I hope you will be present as we explore it together.
Peace to you,