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Lent arrives early this year, on February 10th. This season calls us to reflect on our lives in light of God’s call to faithfulness. We’re to look honestly, eyes wide open, at those parts of ourselves that don’t quite measure up, and to make the necessary changes in order to be the people God intends us to be.
The notion of confession rings somewhat hollow for some these days. Ours is a culture of self-affirmation, some might even say of entitlement. Self-affirmation is a good thing to be sure, and we’re confident that God loves and affirms us. Yet we all know, at some level, that we’re not the people we’re meant to be: not as honest, not as trustworthy, not as genuine, not as patient, not as compassionate as God calls us to be. Lent is a time to think about these things, and hopefully to start on a path toward greater authenticity and deeper faithfulness.
I invite you to join us for our Ash Wednesday service, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. There we will receive the sign of the cross, marked with ashes. Ashes are a sign of our mortality, and also a symbol of penitence. As such, they signal our entry into this season. I also invite you join us for our weekly worship, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. During Lent our readings will follow Jesus as he journeys toward the cross. And when we have completed our Lenten journey, I hope you will join us for worship on Easter Sunday, when we will joyfully celebrate the good news of the resurrection, God’s triumph even over the power of death.
Here at Saint James you’ll find folks who know they don’t have all the answers, but who are seeking meaning together. We’d be more than happy to welcome you, and to invite you to join us on the journey.
Our Sunday morning church service and sermon lessons are made available on the web for the home-bound as well as for those who are curious about the living teachings of Saint James Presbyterian Church.