Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Little Anxious

I am just putting the finishing touches on tomorrow's message, and feeling a little anxious about it. I really want it to come off right.

I am going to be proposing that our church participate together loosely in a "church" season called Lent. It's the 40 days (not including Sundays) between Feb 21 and Easter Saturday.

I plan to teach next Sunday in more detail about Lent ... what it means, history, why it was/is important, how we can still take advantage without getting "religious". In the mean time, I know many people from different church backgrounds (especially Catholic) could freak out about the idea.

Don't want that, but also don't want to throw out the baby with the bath water! At the same time, a lot of people with no church background before NewHeart could get nervous about what they've heard about things like Lent.

For those who might be nervous or wondering, we won't be doing the ashes on the forehead, and I'm not getting "religious" on you. I DO, however, want to invite us all to keep our hearts open as the Lord reveals more of Himself to us during this season of preparation for Easter. Hang on tight!

1 comment:

Sherene said...

I am looking forward to hearing your message. I just finished listening to the last one and got a lot out of it. I'm glad you're talking about Lent. I feel as if there is a need for people to know about it and what it means and how it doesn't have to be "religious" or scary. To me, it's a time of reflection and preparation and expectation for Easter. I remember going to Wed. evening church growing up (Lutheran church) and not really getting it until I was older and understood more of what it was all about. I say go for it and get people excited about Easter!