Monday, February 23, 2009

Season of Epiphany Ending - the Journey Beginning

Epiphany Sunday (in the Methodist tradition) is the first Sunday in January.
Now, as we begin the Season of Lent, one could certainly feel 'the presence of the Lord' in worship service Sunday.
On Transfiguration Sunday, the Bell Choir's beautiful music above and behind us was stirring.
The Choir's voices were soaring and moving; the words of the hymns uplifting. My heart was full!

This is a busy season - yet it is a season of reflection that can be very calming - as we look forward to Easter.

On February 24th, the United Methodist Men will serve a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Great Room. Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday. I especially like that the three Methodist Churches in Seguin worship together.



The Significance of Lent
Lent is the fourth season of the Christian year. Its length is the 40 days preceding Easter Day, not counting Sundays. This means Lent always begins on a Wednesday, known as Ash Wednesday. Lent commemorates Jesus’ fast and temptation in the wilderness of Judea Province, which, according to the Gospel, lasted 40 days. Just as Jesus confronted his temptations during these 40 days, Lent helps Christians focus on our most basic need as sinners: forgiveness.The only way our Lord’s forgiving power can become effective in our lives is by our taking the initiative to confront our sins, confess them and repent of them. In short, Lent is a season of penitence. Some Christians fast during Lent. This denial of bodily comforts can help encourage self-reflection about the need for Jesus’ forgiveness.

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