LENT: A NEW SEASON OF PRAYER
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten Journey. During Lent we recall Christ's journey from heaven to earth, from cradle to cross.
Lent is also a time when we follow Christ on that journey. It's one of those times-- those many times--that we see Jesus investing in his relationship with God the Father. And so we follow. We do what He did. Go where He went. Serve how He served. Pray how He prayed. Rest how He rested.
For these six weeks of Lent, your leadership--Staff and Session--has chosen to pause from organized conversation of denominational matters. We are choosing to intentionally invest in our relationship with God. Therefore, we invite you to come along in a Lenten Season of Prayer. We will be sending out weekly prayers and also invite you to join us for corporate prayer in Scripture and Silence on Sunday mornings from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Chapel.
Throughout Lent the sermons will explore spiritual disciplines of the Christ life. Eugene Peterson refers to these as "Unforced Rhythms of Grace."
Please join us on tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for our Ash Wednesday Worship Service when we will reflect on the unforced rhythm of "Repentance." Join us again this weekend on Saturday and Sunday when we will hear Christ's invitation to join him in "Serving Others."
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You so that Your will may be my will.
(Saint Francesca Xavier Cabrini, 1850-1917)
HYMN: REST IN ME
I see the sparrow fall from the sky
These little creatures cannot escape my eye
You are more precious than these creatures of the air
So tell me then why would you doubt
My tender love and care?
Rest in me, rest in me
I am your father
You're my precious child
Be still before me
Wait on me a while
And rest in me
My thoughts about you outnumber grains of sand
I hold you safely in the hollow of my hand
I have even numbered all the hairs upon your head
And sent my son to love you with
The precious blood he shed
In quietness and rest will be your strength
If you will just be still
Won't you let me come and fill
Your anxious heart
Todd Vaters © Big Pie Publishing