The Season of Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the Christian's 40-day spiritual journey to Jesus' cross and tomb to await the proclamation of Easter. The name Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lengthen, which means “spring”--the time of hear when the days noticeably lengthen. The season of Lent finds its roots in the acient Church's pre-Easter fast and intensified instruction for converts to Christianity who were baptized at the Easter Eve vigil. In the forth century, the pre-Easter time of preparation was observed by all Christians, not just new converts anticipating their baptism. The season eventually began on the Wednesday that occurred siz an da half weeks before Easter. This resulted in a Lenten season of 40 days, a number that reflected Jesus' 40 days of fasting and tempation at the start of his ministry (Mattherw 4:1-11). Sundays are technically excluded from the 40-day Lenten season, since each Sunday is considered a “little Easter” celebration.
Serving at Worship:
Presiding Minister – Pastor Ronald Waterstradt
Preacher – Pastor Jason Schmidt
Organist – Rosmarie Boushek