In February this year we transition from the Epiphany season, where the theme is Jesus being true God in the flesh Who has power to save us, to Lent where we focus on Jesus’ sacrifice to accomplish that salvation, saving us from sin, death, and Hell.
On Sunday, February 4th, the Gospel reading, Mark 1:29-39, records Jesus showing His divine power by healing many people and casting out demons. Jesus would destroy the power of the devil and his demons once and for all when He would give His life to save us from our sins.
On Sunday, February 11th, it is Transfiguration Sunday. The Gospel reading is Mark 9:2-9, where Jesus takes Peter, James, and John on a high mountain and is transfigured before them. These three disciples get to see Jesus in all of His glory, talking to Moses and Elijah about Jesus completing His mission of salvation with His death and resurrection.
After Transfiguration’s exciting conclusion to the season of Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, February 14th, begins the season of Lent. How fitting for Lent to begin on Valentine’s Day this year! Jesus shows His great love for us by giving Himself completely to save us. Ash Wednesday Service will begin at 7pm with the imposition of Ashes, followed by a service of Communion.
This year’s midweek Lent series is entitled, “Thy Will Be Done”. One of the most vivid parts of Jesus’ Passion includes these words of Jesus to our Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Each Wednesday night a different Bible character will talk about how the will of God showed itself in their lives. Ash Wednesday we will hear from the Son of the Promise, Isaac, under the theme, “God’s Will and God’s Promise.”
On Sunday, February 18th, the Gospel reading, Mark 1:9-15, includes Jesus being tempted by the devil. This is the first Sunday in Lent. We get to sing “A Mighty Fortress” again as we can focus on the stanza, “With might of ours can naught be done, soon were our loss effected, but for us fights the Valiant One Whom God Himself elected…”
On Wednesday, February 21st, our Midweek Lent begins with supper at 6pm. The service to follow will have the theme, “God’s Will and My Inadequacy.” We will hear from Moses, as he confesses his inadequacy and how God gave him the confidence to free God’s people and lead them to the Promised Land.
On Sunday, February 25th, the Gospel reading is Mark 8:27-38. This passage includes Peter’s great confession followed by Jesus teaching His disciples what He says in verse 31 above, to which Peter rebukes Jesus and Jesus tells Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan.” Jesus goes on to teach His disciples, including us, that the life of a disciple is a confession of Christ.
On Wednesday, February 28th, supper is again at 6pm. The service to follow will have the theme, “God’s Will and My Dreams.” We will hear from King David who sometimes failed to live out God’s dream for him. But Shepherd David, also knew his Good Shepherd Who restored David to the fold, just like He does for us when we stray.
May Jesus continue to shower you with His love during this month of February. We get to have some extra opportunities to gather together in His presence for Him to do this directly.
In His Love,