Lent, a season of renewal …
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination, reflection, and renewal. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
Worship at WSUMC this Lenten Season.
Worship is held each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Grace in a Lost Identity (Luke 8:26-39)
March 5, 2017
Sometimes we think we are too far gone – or that someone ELSE is too far gone – for the love of God to make a difference. This is simply not true.
Grace in a Hopeless Struggle (Jeremiah 38:4-10)
March 12, 2017
Even in the worst of times, in seasons when we can’t see a future, God comes to save.
Grace in the Darkness (Job 23:1-17)
March 19, 2017
Crying out in anguish, even hurling questions of doubt at God are not forbidden acts. But God doesn’t abandon us; in our darkest times, God still lifts us up to salvation.
Grace in Fear (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
March 26, 2017
Fear is all too common, even among the most hailed of Biblically faithful. Yet, even in our seasons of fear, God shows up to offer grace to lead us forward.
Grace in Desperation (Matthew 9:14-26)
April 2, 2017
Not only is Christ there for us to turn to in our desperation, but the text begs the question, ‘Are we there for those who are in desperation who need Christ?’ … Are we, the body of Christ, there for people to grab hold of for healing?
Grace in a Broken Jar (Matthew 26:6-16)
April 9, 2017
This Sunday, which begins Holy Week, will be a chance to reflect on the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with the waving of palms, and remember this isn’t s story that exposes our problems and shortcomings, but instead tells a story that lifts up the gift of God to us in Christ Jesus.
Grace, Unmatched (Matthew 28:1-10)
April 16, 2017
Not even the death of human mortality can win over the grace of God which gives new life. Christ’s resurrection is perhaps just as shocking to Christ as it is to us and the women at the garden tomb.
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