Immanuel United Methodist Church
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Page by Pastor Albert Rush


The Lenten Season is Upon Us

First, the season of Lent is the forty days not including Sundays, that start on Ash Wednesday February 14, 2018 and ends on the eve of Easter Sunday April 1, 2018.

Our Lenten programming will be highlighting the diversity of our community and providing information for the benefit of our community. Please be on the lookout for our Lenten season brochure in the next week that will have a detailed list of our Lenten ministry opportunities.

Lent should remind us that we are born in sin, and that we must repent of that sin. In addition, we must not put anything before our God. Lent is not about our fast from something to make us feel or look good, but it is about us moving obstacles out of the way, as we strengthen our relationship with God. If we are telling someone that we are giving up chocolate, texting, or eating red meat etc., are we really strengthening our relationship with God or are we saying “Look at me, I am a good Christian and I can give up something for forty days”? Matthew 6:16-21 speaks on this form of sacrifice:

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,
18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Once the cross of ash is placed on us, this represents us looking to repent of our sins and clear our minds of any obstacles that separate us from God. The great part about the Lenten season is that when we give up something for forty days and forty nights, it no longer becomes an obstacle between us and our relationship with God.

 Amen!

For I can do everything through Christ,
who gives me strength.

 

Pastor Albert L. Rush

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