Thoughts from the Pastor-March 2014
This year, with Easter falling on April 20, Lent begins in March. Elsewhere in this newsletter, you will find brief information about what Lent is. Ultimately, it’s time for us to prepare for celebrating the greatest event in history: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!
This Lenten Season, there are many ways in which we at Cross Roads can better prepare our selves. It begins Sunday, March 2, with the beginning of an 8 part series that I will be leading for the Adult Sunday School class. It is Entitled: Jesus’ Final Week. The lessons in March are: Triumphal Entry, Mt. 21:1-11; Clearing the Temple, Mark 11:12-19; Mt of Olives Teachings, Mt 24:1-31; The Last Supper, Mt 26:17-30; Betrayal and Arrest Mk 14:43-72. The April Newsletter will list the sessions for that month. All are welcome to join us in the Library for this study.
The next means of preparing, is Ash Wednesday, March 5. At 7pm there will be a Service of prayer, Communion, and Ashes. There will be 8 Stations of prayer from which to choose, as you prayerfully begin your Lenten journey this year. Then, each Wednesday following, we will be having a light meal at 5:30pm, followed by a 6:30 time of meditation and reflection using the video series put out by Adam Hamilton: Final Words from the Cross. This will continue into Holy Week.
On the first Sunday of Lent, March 9, Pastor Torger will begin a series of Messages on the Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian life. The topics in March will be: Bible Study, Prayer and Fasting, Silence and Solitude, Service. This series will continue into April.
During Holy Week on Tuesday, April 15 at 7pm, we will be hosting Liz Goldstein who works full time with Jews For Jesus. She will be sharing with us about Christ in the Passover. That same week we will be holding a Maundy Thursday service as we prepare to remember the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. More information about these events will be forthcoming.
Lent is the time for all of us, to examine our walk with Jesus, and to reflect on what He has done, on our behalf.
May our paw prints be many in this Lenten season,