Clearing Space for God
The Reverend Nathan Day Wilson
The Season of Lent is nearly upon us. Lent runs forty weekdays beginning Ash Wednesday and concluding Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.
The observance of Lent began in the fourth century as a time of preparation for those who were to be baptized. This idea soon expanded to include time for the whole church to prepare to receive these new members and for those who were separated from the church to prepare to rejoin it.
We observe Lent as a time for self-examination, repentance and preparation for the amazing gift of God’s love in the Easter Resurrection. In other words, Lent is a time to clear space for God.
In fact, that is our theme this year: Clearing Space for God. Along with our Sunday morning worship services, each of us has the opportunity to grow through individual exercises and group study and reflection. By coordinating the worship services with suggested individual activities and group reflection, this Lent holds the promise of being a significant time of growth for our church. The more you participate, the better.
For starters, you and all you can bring with you are invited to our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 PM. There will be a dinner provided by the Worship Ministry Team at 6:30. The dinner and the service are for all ages.
What in your life needs to be cleared to see God better? How should you clear it? When should you clear it? What do you do when other things move in the way? How much of this space clearing is your job and how much is someone else’s, even God’s, job?
See you at the place where we clear space for God —