From Inside Our February, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Messiah,

 

I’m so excited at Valentine’s Day this year! Every year, I always struggle with this holiday. I always want to do something meaningful and special for my wife, Amy. As I attempt for the perfect Valentines Day, the restaurants always seem full and cooking at home was never my strong suit! But, this year it’s different, and I want to invite you to be in on the joy!  

This February 14th, Messiah’s got you covered! After much thought, we would like to cordially invite you to the Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 pm. We promise it will be one of the most memorable Valentine’s Days of recent history.

All kidding aside, I’m excited about Lent this year at Messiah. It all starts off with Ash Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Lent historically is the time we in the church, pause from our busy lives and admit that all is not right. We pause, and we think about our need to have Jesus come and save us on the cross.

Our midweek services will be extra engaging this year as we will have biblical characters visit us and share with us about their faith in God through their life. On Ash Wednesday we will start off with Isaac, reminiscing about the time when his father Abraham trusted God so much that he was even willing to sacrifice his son.

Our Ash Wednesday service will be February 14th at 7:30 pm. Our following Wednesday services will have a different character and begin at 7:00 pm with a dinner beginning at 6:00 pm.

As we come into our Lent season we will also have a time of prayer on Saturday, February 10th at 9:00 am. I want to invite you to join me as we spend this hour in prayer for our community, our church and our world.

In Lent we always look toward the cross of Christ. The Day of the Lord is known to be the day Christ hung on the cross. That theme; however, of the “Day of the Lord” is a theme that runs through the entire Bible. So on Sundays in Lent, we’ll be looking at what this theme means as it prepares us for the journey to the cross.

I look forward to this journey with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day and blessed Lent.

God’s Peace, Pastor Mark