The Season of Epiphany is drawing to a close, with Transfiguration of our Lord the first Sunday in March. Ash Wednesday comes right after beginning the Season of Lent. Some may be asking what is the Season of Lent or how do I explain this season to my non-church family or friends. The Church Season of Lent is a focused time of discipleship normally involving individualized fasting and corporate dedication to deepening the community’s relationship with God. It is the time of the year that we encourage and pray for each other to be self-reflective on the things in life that draw us away from spending time in relationship with God. It is not that we don’t engage in discipleship all year round. It is during Lent that
we make a dedicated effort to go deeper than we have before, try something new in our walking with the Lord. It is when we are all striving together and encountering new struggles that we need each others support to persevere toward Easter Sunday. Then we can all rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ over Death and Sin.
Now, I am sure that each of us has our traditional ways of practicing Lenten discipleship. By this time you have already finished your Girl Scout cookies and removed the last of the chocolate from the house. You have steeled yourself for the forty days to come of not eating out, or purchased your devotional study that you will engage in during Lent. However, I am going to make a special appeal this year to make Sunday School a part of our Lenten discipleship. Yes, I know that Sundays are supposed to be feast days and do not actually count towards the forty days of Lent. Even so, making the commitment to come to Sunday School for the season of Lent will enrich the season that is normally spent removing things from your life by adding an extra Christian fellowship time. The groups that we currently have are great and the education committee plans to introduce a new group looking at Christian music videos starting the first Sunday of Lent. For the season of Lent there will be breakfast offered before/ during Sunday School as well. Of all the seasons of the church this season gets the most attention because of its reputation in the world as a time of fasting. However, not all discipleship is based in denial of worldly pleasures. Some discipleship is based in spending time in the community of faith supported by the Love of God. May God bless your Lenten Season.
God loves you and so do I,