Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday this past week and will end the day before Easter. Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent because they are always celebrated as the day of Christ’s resurrection. The word “Lent” carries within its meaning a reference to the lengthening days of spring. The 40 days echo the time period that Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing to begin his ministry, and they serve as an invitation to spiritual growth. The gospels written by Matthew, Mark, and Luke all recount this episode in the life of Jesus. The description we will read this Sunday, February 18, is the most concise. April’s sermon, based on Mark 1:9-15, is titled, “Here and Now.”
This Sunday we will also be honoring couples in our congregation who have been married for 50 years or more. We give thanks for the examples of their love and care with each other and honor their witness among us. In celebration of Golden Anniversaries (and beyond!) please join us for cake after the morning services and cookies following 3rd Service.