WPC Warm Up, February 12, 2018
Our journey through Lent begins this week. It starts today, with Ash Wednesday, where we recognize our own frailty and limitations as humans, as well as our complete dependence on God's grace in every season. It ends with Holy Week, where we walk through the life and death of Jesus, culminating in the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, many of us choose to fast or take up a spiritual discipline. We don't do so for personal gain or to somehow prove we have the willpower to live without something for a season. We fast or take up something new to prepare ourselves to approach Jesus on the cross and the risen Christ who conquered the grave.
In the devotional we're reading together, N.T. Wright refers to the season as a time of "forward-looking repentance," where we step out of our ordinary routines to prepare for what's coming. Over the next seven weeks or so, I'd invite you to spend some time in intentional reflection. If you're fasting, don't be afraid to lean into the discomfort in prayer. If you're practicing a discipline, don't be afraid to be stretched or to ask new questions. I'd encourage us all to see this season as one that disrupts and reorients, but more than anything, I'd hope we'd experience God's love and grace in a new way through the Journey.
If you can make it tonight, our Ash Wednesday Service is at 7pm. It will be a time of worship, prayer and reflection. On Sunday at 9:30 and 11:15m we'll be exploring Psalm 25 and Mark 1:9–15, and talking about the start of Jesus' ministry and why it came at just the right time.
Journeying with you,