Sunday, February 19, 2012

Intro to Lent

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days (not including Sundays) that the Church calls Lent. It is a time for us as individuals and as a Christian community to reflect on, and repent of, our sinfulness. It is a time to consciously recognize our great need for the saving death of Jesus on the cross. Historically, the Church has encouraged its' members to 'give up' something during this period of time as an act of worship to the God who has given up so much for us.

This year at Live Oak, we want everyone to either 'give up something from' or 'add something to' their daily routine in order to increase our daily dependence on God's grace and mercy. Our dependence on God is something that we often push aside in our daily lives and the Season of Lent is a great time to be reminded of how much we need God and how much God wants to be included in our everyday routine.

Each day, Monday through Saturday, a different member of the Live Oak community will be posting about their Lenten Journey - how their lives and faith are being affected by their personal committment this Lent. We hope that you will check in daily and join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Many of you picked up our Lenten devotional booklet on Sunday or have hopefully, received it in the mail by now. If you need a copy, please let me know -

We will also be reading through the Gospel of Matthew (1 chapter a day M-TH; and then Good Friday and Holy Saturday - the day before Easter).

Please join us on this journey. It's going to be amazing!