From Our Rector: February 2015
By the Rev. Dave Johnson
Posted February 6, 2015
Happy February to you all! This month we begin the Season of Lent, a penitential season in which we are reminded of our mortality and are called to examine our lives, asking God to have mercy on us and help us in the areas we need it the most. Along these lines, in addition to our usual weekly services and Sunday School classes, I would like to highlight the following opportunities this Lent at Christ Church:
1) February 18—Ash Wednesday Services 12:00PM and 6:00PM
2) Wednesday Night Teaching Series: Holy Eucharist at 6:00PM—followed by dinner for all ages and then EYC for ages 10 through high school and concurrently a teaching series for adults. Each teaching will focus on a specific subject that not only impacts our own lives but also has ripple effects in our relationships:
February 25: — Listening
March 4: — Anger
March 11: — Humility
March 18: — Reconciliation
March 25: — Prayer
3) An often overlooked service in The Book of Common Prayer is “Reconciliation of a Penitent” (447ff), a service of private confession and absolution. During Lent if any of you feel led to schedule an appointment with me for this, let me know. Some find this service very helpful, especially in areas where you feel stuck and/or in need of God’s forgiveness or help.
4) Holy Week Services:
March 29—Palm Sunday Services — 8:00AM and 10:00AM April 1—Wednesday Night Eucharist — 6:00PM April 2—Maundy Thursday Service — 6:00PM April 3—Good Friday Services — 12:00PM and 6:00PM
In addition, some of us may “give up” something or “take on” something specific during Lent—as we do so, let us remember that it is in response to the unconditional love of Jesus who “gave up” everything for us and “took up” the cross on our behalf, as Paul writes in his Letter to the Philippians: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross” (2:5-8)—or as John simply puts it, “We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19).
I pray that during Lent you will experience anew the transforming love and grace of God in Jesus Christ, especially in the places where you need it the most.
Yours in Christ,