This year the Liturgical Arts Team has come up with a meaningfully simple way to honor the season. The focus will be on “A Time to Let Go – A Time to Receive”. We begin with a simple, sacrificial meal at 6pm on Wednesday, March 6. Soup and bread will be served and following the meal there will be a brief service, also in the Gathering Room, with the imposition of ashes. The meal is free, but you are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the Calvary Food Pantry.
At the beginning of Lent, Deuteronomy 26:1–11 calls us to give thanks for all that God has given us. One of the ways we can do that is by sharing with others. When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.
We will be distributing “Thank You Jars” and each week the focus of our gratitude will change. The theme for each week with be introduced in worship and through the Weekly Email Devotional (Please note that if you choose to unsubscribe to the Devotional, you automatically unsubscribe to our weekly eNews). Jars will be available at the Ash Wednesday service and throughout Lent. As a spiritual exercise you will be invited each week to recount your blessings around a theme by placing coins in the jar. Each week’s coins will be collected each Sunday in worship as part of the “Time for the Child in All of Us.”
May this be a season of deeper connection with our Creator!