Welcome to the season of Lent.
This journey is one that we will be on together, and I hope that these reflections will be a blessing for you every morning.
As I shared in my sermon a week ago, the Christian life is meant to be practiced. And when we practice faith, we grow in faith. There are many ways to practice our faith, which include serving those in need, spending time in prayer alone or with others, giving, meditating, fasting, and even simply being in fellowship with those who share the journey with us. Perhaps the highest version of what church can be is a place where we practice faith together.
Lent is the time when we journey through the wilderness with Jesus for forty days, progressing toward the cross of Holy Week and the resurrection that awaits at Easter. These forty days are an opportunity to take on very intentional practices that will cause us to grow closer to Jesus as we walk with him on the journey.
I encourage you to start this journey today. Choose for yourself a Lenten discipline for these forty days. Whatever you decide to give up or take on, it doesn’t need to be heroic; choose something at which you can succeed! To read these messages every day would be a wonderful practice. So would making a commitment to attend worship each Sunday right up to Easter—which, if many here choose to do it, would be such a blessing to the greater St. John’s community as we increasingly gather for worship at this time.
Let us practice together. Welcome to the journey.
The Rev. Robert Fisher
Links to the appointed readings for today: