Practices That Help Us Grow Closer to God
Lenten is the 40 day (excluding Sundays) season that is set aside in the life of the church to grow in our faith, understanding and experience of God. It begins with Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021). For this year, since we are yet to be cleared to worship in person, Pastor J.T. Greenleaf will post a video devotion each week that will help you understand and practice spiritual and faith practices that will make this a meaningful season for you.
Click here for a one-page description of some basic spiritual practices for you to use.
A Brief History of Lent
Lent has been observed by many different traditions of the Christian Church for centuries. In it’s earliest days it was a period of instruction for converts who were seeking to receive Baptism on Easter.
It has also been observed as a time of sacrifice and penance that was designed to help persons understand the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. It was generally marked by making a personal sacrifice for the season. Most notably it involved giving up eating meat for the season.
More recently there has been a movement toward observing the season by including a new spiritual practice, one designed to positively draw the observer closer to God. This has included practices such as various forms of prayer, journaling, service and study.
Our practice of Lent seeks to help people grow in faith, wherever they are in their spiritual journey, and to encourage practices that would be most meaningful for each person. We invite you to join us in our observance of Lent.
Loving our community in the time of COVID 19
When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus encouraged people to love God and to love neighbor as themselves. This call is meant to transform how we see ourself and the community around us. Jesus is reminding us that a core part of our relationship with God is woven into how we care for the community. It is because of our deep love for the communities in which we live that we are following the guidelines of public health officials by social distancing and not meeting in groups. We will follow these guidelines until the restrictions are lifted.
During this time of restriction the pastor and staff of the church will continue to do their vital ministries of holding together our life-giving community relationships. They will be the clearing house for information, put ministry resources online and provide connection and support for people who are feeling the weight of isolation.
Live Streaming Worship
Thanks to the hard work of a committed worship and tech team, we have the ability to live stream Sunday worship through our YouTube Channel. Click here for the link. The feed will come online shortly after 9 am and continue through the end of worship. This stream works well on any device you have available from computer browsers to mobile devices to smart TVs. As you bring up the channel, there will be a link for the live feed. In addition, you will be able to access previous worship services.
On our Digital Media page you will find a range of different content to spiritually nourish you in your daily life.
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