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“A Holy Lent Experienced in a Holy Place: Our Church”
by The Rev. Dr. William Carl Thomas
When worshiping, church is very much a place for respite and refuge from a seemingly harsh and demanding world. Being comfortable in your favorite pew and being comforted by your surroundings can be a blessing. Yet, too much comfort, even in God’s House can move us away from recognizing our utter need for God in all things. Lent is a time for self-examination about our relationship with God as we find ourselves following Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. We take this time of preparation to better understand why his victory over death (a death he freely accepted on the cross) has meaning in our lives.
During Lent we attempt to change our worship environment with the thought that we are going into the desert as Jesus did for forty days. We do this by:
All this is really not so different from giving up something for Lent. We are trying to find ways to change the rhythm of our lives in order to better apprehend God’s Holy Invitation to accept and share the love we find in Jesus Christ. I’d be interested to know if these are new traditions or ones that have been a part of your worshiping life.
Father Bill has announced his retirement. Please click here to read a copy of his letter to the parish.