Monday, March 4

Lent Begins Wednesday

Dear Friends,
        At the heart of the Christian faith is the death and resurrection of Christ.  On one side of this event and it's remembrance are the 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays), a time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord's passage from death to life.  On the other side are the 50 days of Easter, a time of proclaiming and rejoicing in our redemption.  Right in the middle of it all is Holy Week including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, days in which our attention is riveted on Christ's death and resurrection.  The entire 90 days is best seen as a whole viewed from two sides, from the cross and the empty tomb, each incomplete without the other.  Listed below is a schedule of Lenten observances in the weeks ahead: 
Ash Wednesday - March 6 - Come join us as we begin this season of renewal  seeking strength for our daily lives.

-  Noontime Devotion – A brief service of scripture, reflection, confession, and imposition of ashes. This is an opportunity for spiritual preparation and reflection in the middle of a work day. This is also a good worship opportunity for seniors who do not venture out at night and pre-school parents and grandparents transporting children (as well as those of you who work nearby and can take an extended lunch.

- 7:30 PM – Worship with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion (with music from Members of our Sanctuary Choir)

Lenten Dinners are held here at St. Andrew's at 6:30 PM. preceding our Lenten Services. We invite you to join us for fellowship and a hot meal before the service. There will be sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the narthex each week with the menu posted. Please sign up so we know how many to plan for each Wednesday.

Midweek Lenten Series 2019 (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM)
  Parables of Grace
 Join us as we go deeper into the teachings of Jesus, parables with many possible meanings and parables that point us to love, forgiveness, generosity, gratitude, joy, and peace.

March 13        The Good Samaritan                             Luke 10:25-37 
 March 20         The Lost Sheep                                    Luke 15:1-7

March 27         The Pharisee and the Tax Collector       Luke 18:9-14

April 3              Sower and the Seeds                            Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

April 10            The Mustard Seed                                Mark 4:26-34

"You awaken us to delight in your praise; for you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you" – St. Augustine


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The fifty days of fasting before Easter have already begun. Most of the Christians around the world observe this fasting. People generally observe the Ash Wednesday on the first day of their fasting. During the fasting days, people abstain themselves from eating meat. They observe a complete fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In this day, they have food for only a single time of the day. On this day people wear ash in the shape of the cross on their forehead. This ash is obtained from burning of the palm obtained in the previous year’s Palm Sunday. This ash is the symbol of their faith and trust in the God. These ashes are blessed by the priests through the prayers. These ashes are most commonly obtained from the church. Those who visit the church collect the ashes and share it with other family members. In most of the nations families collectively observe the fasting before Easter. Many practice the custom of lent followed by the Ash Wednesday. This is done as a preparation for Easter. Here the believer prepare his mind and body for Easter through prayers and by refraining themselves from all the sins and ego. They repent and ask for the forgiveness of the sins that they have done in the past year. Holy images are even veiled in some nations. Anyways all this actions show devotion towards Christ. This blog have explained about the event in a detailed way. Even the people having no idea about the event are able to know about it from this post. I hope it will help people to observe the event in the proper way. Students are given with a lot of writing works by their teachers. To obtain help for writing the essays please visit custom essay writing service . Good essays at better prices can be obtained fro here.

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