40 Days in the Wilderness is our theme for Lent 2018.
In the wilderness of our lives and world we are invited to join our Lord in his fasting. We will be reflecting on the hungers in our lives. Trinity will be producing a daily Lenten devotion in brief video form to which you can subscribe. (See below to subscribe!) Hard copies of the texts of these brief devotions will also be available at the church. Rather than a host of special Lenten activities, this year you are invited to slow down, reflect and pray, the true spirit of the season. The more seriously we take this holy season of introspection, the more ready we will be for the glorious Celebration of Resurrection. Come, join us, let us journey together. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. As we dare to look into the mirror, as we confess the hungers in our lives, as we open our hearts, Christ is there. This Lent may you be fed with the Bread of Life.
Dear companions in Christ,
This year, are you open to a uniquely transforming grace of the Lenten season? If so, I invite you to try fasting with me. The forty days of Lent recall our Lord’s own forty day fast in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). This means that when we take on a Lenten fast, we’re in holy company! For some folks, a Lenten fast means abstaining from certain unhealthy foods like candy or soda. For other folks, fasting may mean taking a break from certain activities like social media or watching television, or simply restricting the time we spend doing those things. And then for still other folks, fasting may mean not giving up but taking on something that will change their lives: a forty-day commitment to exercise, or spiritual reading, or pray-er. A vital question beneath all these possibilities is this: in your life, what could you give up or take on that would bring you closer in your journey with Jesus Christ? For me, I’m going to be fasting from food each Monday during Lent. Why? I’ve found that a discipline of not eating–not answering that regular impulse to satisfy my hunger–is a holy thing. It reveals that I can say “no” to other impulses as well. For example, those economic impulses to consume when what I have is more than enough. Or those relational impulses to react to people when what I need to do is receive and ponder. Countering these impulses strikes me as pretty counter-cultural these days. As St. Basil the Great said in his First Homily on Fasting, “Run cheerfully to the gift of fasting. Fasting is an ancient gift, not one antiquated and obsolete, but ever fresh and at the height of its vitality.” Again, I hope you’ll join me this Lent. May the Spirit of Christ guide us in a transformative journey through the wilderness of our hunger.
In the wilderness of our lives and world we are invited to join our Lord in his fasting. We will be reflecting on the hungers in our lives during Lent this year via brief daily devotional videos. You can subscribe to these videos via email or text message using the links and form below.
Lenten Easter Mission Offering
2018 Lenten Easter Mission Offering: Feed My Sheep American author Hal Borland once stated: “No winter lasts for-ever; no spring skips its turn.” Thanks to the generosity from our congregation, Trinity has never skipped its turn in supporting the Lenten Easter Mission Offering.
In 2017, your donations totaled: $26,930.00, and we celebrate your support. This offering touches lives from our neighborhoods to far corners of our world. Every penny collected impacts a life. Jesus taught us “feed my sheep.” The Lenten Easter Mission Offering is an opportunity to follow Jesus’ command. No matter where we look, people are in need of assistance. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. We take on the ashes made from the burnt palm fronds from last Palm Sunday to confess our own mortality and our need of Christ.
Ashes, Blessing and Coffee: 7:00-8:00 AM
Forest Ave. Steps Drive up, receive the imposition of ashes and a blessing from Pastor Larry and Pastor Drew, and a cup of coffee to go. This is an opportunity to silently offer a witness to your faith all day long Ash Wednesday. You won’t even have to get out of your car!