The Ash Wednesday Service will be held on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Assisting with music will be our Praise Band.
According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. During our Ash Wednesday service, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for our sin.
Come; let us walk together in prayer, study and introspection these next 40 days.
Of all the people who had a part in wounding and killing Jesus, Peter never expected to find himself in that group? He was sure that he never denies him but that same self-assurance forewarned Jesus of what could be expected of him. It is a well-known psychological truth that people brag most about the virtues which they do not possess or weak in them and even condemn most harshly in others the weaknesses which flourish within their own hearts. The bully is the coward, and the “the bravest are the tenderest.”
Disciple Peter had been one of the three disciples closest to Jesus. He really loved the Lord. He did not want to hurt him. But he did hurt him. It always hurts to be denied by a trusted friend. Surely the jeers and sneers of passers-by did not wound Jesus as deeply as did the denial of Peter, anticipated though it was.
In our own day, those who can hurt Jesus most are not the skeptics and the scoffers, but professing Christians. Jesus’ ministry today is most seriously threatened not by those who announce themselves hostile to it, but by those claim allegiance to it. Christ’s church is weakened most not by those without its ranks but by those within. Since the time of Peter, the problem of Christianity has not been that of gaining followers, but rather that of holding the devotion and loyalty of those who nominally accept it. It is relatively easy to increase the membership for any church, but it is infinitely harder to keep that membership loyal and active to serve the kingdom of God? Let us examine our hearts and seek forgiveness for sins from Christ this Lenten season.
Next Week - Our Personality of Passion will be Judas.