Thy Kingdom Come” Isaiah 11:1-3
“Remember: you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Those are the words that are said as the ashes of the palm branches are placed on our forehead on Ash Wed. But there is more. Dust is not our destiny. Our destiny is to be in the Kingdom of God, forever. Paul quotes the Old Testament prophet Hosea, “Death is swallowed up in victory,” and then adds, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54& 57 As Jesus came to this world He, the descendant of David, fulfilled the promise of a king and a kingdom to come. Remember we are dust but buried with Christ we are raised with Him and live in His Kingdom now and forever.
Question: When was the practice of Lent started?
Answer: Lent is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar. Like all Christian holy days and holidays, it has changed over the years, but its purpose has always been the same: self-examination and penitence, demonstrated by self-denial, in preparation for Easter. Early church father Irenaus of Lyons (c.130-c.200) wrote of such a season in the earliest days of the church, but back then it lasted only two or three days, not the 40 observed today.
Lenten Meals Served
The Way LifeGroup and the Youth Group will be providing suppers during Lent from 5:30 – 6:30 before the church service begins at 7:00. The Way will be serving the first meal on Ash Wednesday consisting of chili, cinnamon rolls, hot dogs and chips. They will also serve on March 29 and April 5. The Youth Group will be serving March 8, 15 and 22. Come enjoy a good meal and a time of fellowship before the service! “Free will donation.”