The Prophet Joel’s message from God to all His people is: “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12).
Our Ash Wednesday Service, March 6, will focus on the words from Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 and you will be given the opportunity to begin your Lenten journey toward Easter by a service of Repentance, Receiving Imposition of Ashes, Healing, and Prayer.
Lent not lint (see You tube: Chuck Knows Church-Ash Wednesday and/or Lent) is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is historically a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is, also, a time of self-examination and reflection. This is a time when we are called to “return…with all of our hearts to the living God as revealed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This becomes even more meaningful for some individuals to choose giving up something during these forty days or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Using the words of Wesleyan theology, we believe all this work is initiated by God, who invites us to come before God with all our hearts.
On Ash Wednesday, there will be a special time for you to make a commitment during the 40-day journey through Lent. Also, on Sunday, March 10, you will be given an insert for you to fill out as your Lenten commitment to bringing your heart, soul and mind closer to the living God. My commitment to you is that I will pray for you and your fulfilling your commitment throughout this Lenten Season.
Remember that Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the disciplined spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
I pray that your Lenten season will be one of challenge, commitment, and full participation as individually and as a church we respond to the call of God— “Return to me with all your heart.” (Joel 2:12)
Committed in love and prayer,