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Time of Lenten - penitence, renewal and Wonder!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Lenten devotional. The booklet, which is now available, includes scriptures and meditations for each of the forty days of Lent. We hope that it's theme of "wonder" will provide you with the needed encouragement as you contemplate this holy season. In addition, we invite you to consider attending the Lenten study from 4:30pm – 6:30pm each Sunday in March. We will be studying Anne Lamott’s book entitled Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. You can buy a copy from the main office for $17.50 or speak with Pastor Jon if you need assistance with the purchase. Soup will also be provided.
By the fourth century, the Western church had determined that the Lenten period of fasting and renewal should correspond to Christ’s forty-day fast (Matthew 4:2), and, by counting forty days back from Easter (excluding Sundays, which remain “feast” days), arrived at the Wednesday seven weeks before Easter. Ash Wednesday, as it is commonly known, thus marks the beginning of the Lenten season.
At one time Lent was primarily viewed as a period during which converts prepared for baptism on Easter Sunday, but later the season became a general time of penitence and renewal for all Christians. Ash Wednesday, which was celebrated this year on February 18, marks the beginning of the Lenten renewal.
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.
We hope that you will join us in worship on Sundays whenever you can.