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March 18, 2018 The Joy of Your Salvation
"Create in me a clean heart, O God."
Everyone knows the 23rd Psalm, many by heart. Yet it is the 51st Psalm that I believe best translates our common journey as human beings from sin, to redemption, to restoration and joy-filled salvation..
I'm excited to share this psalm of David this Sunday, to explore the path we must all travel back to God.
Plan now to participate in a week of prayer and praise during Holy Week, March 25-30. Look for announcements below with information on our Holy Thursday and Good Friday services.
THE SEASON OF LENT
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins this year on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14th) and ends on Holy Saturday (March 31st). Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection. (from umc.org)
In Christ's Grace and Peace,
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