The season of Lent begins and continues through the month of March. The theme of Lent is repentance. We acknowledge and confess our sins and our sinfulness to God and look to Him as our only rescue from our sins. And our Lord does rescue us all because Jesus gave Himself in our place to suffer for our sins and set us free from them.
The first Sunday in March, March 3rd, leads us into the season of Lent. The theme for the day is, “Transfigured for Our Transformation.” The Gospel reading for the day is Luke 9:28-36 where Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John and seen in all of His divine glory as He speaks with Moses and Elijah about His “departure,” His giving Himself in suffering and death, to save us from our sins.
During the Wednesdays in Lent we will have Midweek Services at 7 pm. Each service, except for Ash Wednesday, will be preceded by a supper provided by one of the groups in our congregation. The series for this year’s midweek services is “Convicted.” Each week characters from the Passion Account will be put on trial for their crimes (sins). A “prosecuting attorney” will convict them and us of the sins they have committed. The defense attorney will seek their acquittal in Jesus.
Ash Wednesday is March 6th. The service will begin with the imposition of ashes and will include Holy Communion. The sin we and the disciples will be convicted of is “Defamation of Character.”
The First Sunday in Lent is March 10th. The theme of the day is, “My Fortress, My God.” The Gospel for the day is Luke 4:1-13 where Jesus does battle in the wilderness against the devil. He defeats the devil with the Word of God. He also does battle for us today against the attacks of the evil one as our Fortress and our God.
At the March 13th Midweek Lent Service, which will be preceded by a Lenten Supper, we and the disciples will be convicted of the sin of, “Dereliction of Duty.”
The Second Sunday in Lent is March 17th. The theme of the day is, “Gather the Children Together.” Repentance means to turn away from sin to the Lord for His forgiveness. The Gospel for this Sunday is Luke 13:31-35, where Jesus desires the “children” to return to Him so He can gather them together as a mother hen gathers her brood under her wings.
At the March 20th Midweek Lent Service, Judas and we will be convicted of the sin of “Treason.”
The Third Sunday in Lent is March 24th. The theme of the day is, “Watchman of the House.” In the Old Testament reading the preacher of repentance is called a Watchman. Luke 13:1-9 is the Gospel reading where Jesus warns that all who refuse to repent will perish.
At the March 27th Midweek Lent Service, we and Peter will be convicted of the sin of “Perjury.”
The Fourth Sunday in Lent is March 31st. The theme of the day is, “New Life Today.” The Gospel reading is Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, where Jesus tells the parable of the Prodigal Son in response to the Pharisees and the Scribes who grumbled that Jesus received sinners and ate with them. This parable shows the wonderful result of repentance as the Lord receives us with loving, open arms back into the family of God.
The Lord bless your season of Lent as we reflect upon and repent of our Sins and the Lord receives us back to Himself with His love and forgiveness.