Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Season of Lent begins early this year ... Ash Wednesday is February 14 ... Valentine’s Day! What a wonderful time to bring your Sweetheart to Church to thank our Lord for the blessings He has brought into your lives. Our theme this Season will be: “The Spirit Anointed Christ for Mercy.” I would like to share a little about this Lenten Series with you:
“When the Messiah comes, blessed be He, He will bring Good News.” That was the prayer of believers through the centuries as they watched and waited for the promises of God to be fulfilled and the Messiah to be revealed. Then one day in the synagogue of Nazareth, a young hometown man stood up and said that the Messiah had come and it was He. His name was a common one, Jesus – Savior, but from that day forward He would bear a title – Christ; Anointed one; Messiah. Jesus said that He was “anointed to bring Good News.” He read from the great Old Testament book of Isaiah, the 61st chapter.
What was the Good News? What was the Messiah anointed to tell? What was the Messiah anointed to be? It’s all about mercy. That will be our theme and our subject as we follow Jesus to the cross and the tomb in this Lenten season.
We are going to focus on mercy and our merciful high Priest, Jesus. We are going to focus upon how those that He saved and redeemed have been saved and redeemed to live merciful lives. It is all about mercy.
First we go back to our catechism classes. Our Savior had two names: Jesus and Christ. Jesus means Savior and Christ means Anointed One or Messiah. Jesus was anointed to a three-fold office: Prophet, Priest, and King. He was anointed to free us from the unholy three: sin, death, and the power of the devil. That is the story of Lent and it is all about mercy.
Please join us for the Wednesdays of Lent as that Story of Mercy unfolds week-to-week. Our Mid-Week Lenten Services will be each Wednesday, beginning February 14 at Noon and 7:00PM.
In addition to our hour of Worship, a time of Fellowship will accompany each mid-week Service: A light lunch will be served immediately following the Noon Services out in the narthex. And a light Dinner will be served at 5:45pm prior to the 7pm Wednesday Evening Services in the Fellowship Hall.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Michael McFarland