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Come join us tonight as we celebrate the beginning of Lent and our 40 day trek towards Easter.
Walking the Journey of Lent into the Joy of Easter
Our life of faith is often described as a journey, of following Jesus as learning and growing disciples.
Scripture records the life of Jesus as a journey – a journey that echoes the story of the Hebrew people as they escaped slavery in Egypt, wandered in the wilderness for forty years and finally entered the promised land.
Following his baptism, Jesus was tempted and wandered in the wilderness for forty days, then taught and offered healing for three years as a wandering Rabbi. The last week of his life journey began with a triumphant procession into Jerusalem and ended with the betrayal and abandonment by his friends and then his trial and death on a cross. As a folk song says:
Lent is the season of the church year when we remember the journey of Jesus. As we follow Jesus on his life journey, we remember our own wilderness times, our own trials and temptations, our own times of betrayal and pain. We are invited to a Lenten journey of examining our own lives to remember ways we have hurt and betrayed others and God. And we offer those times to God’s grace-filled love.
The gift of our Christian faith is that death is not the end of the story. The tomb opened and Jesus Christ is resurrected. This is the journey into the Easter joy of new life.
For these six weeks of Lent, let us journey together, remembering and retelling the stories of the life of Jesus and of our own faith journeys. We wander in the wilderness times in support of one another and in faith that, no matter how difficult the wandering is, God is always walking with us into joy and new life.