Pastor's Message

Pastors Message

Senior Pastor, Reverend Dr. Alice Purvis
Reverend Dr. Alice Purvis
Ash Wednesday is March 6th.  This is the beginning of the church season of Lent.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and covers 46 days until our celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.  During this time period the tradition is for people to spend time practicing self denial (as in fasting or abstaining from something that is a regular part of your life.  It is often a food or type of drink, or sometimes time periods of not eating.  Can also be an activity like watching TV or using social media) as well as intentional times of prayer and Bible reading.  The point is to help us to spend time with the Holy Spirit drawing closer to God, growing spiritually and preparing for the Easter celebration.

An interesting detail of this season of Lent is that we practice the self denial only 40 days, Mondays through Saturdays.  You are not required to fast on Sunday because that is the day we always rest in the truth of God's love for us and celebrate Christ's resurrection.

We have available at the church Lenten Meditation Guides that can help with intentional study and spiritual acts during this season.

I encourage you to intentionally choose to participate in Lent.  It can be a very eye opening and spirit building adventure.  Afterall, the point of everything is our relationship with God.  Which as it turns out was the point of all the Jesus did, for us.  In that relationship we find our worth, the answers and directions for all of our life events and the reality of love that heals and grows us.  Most importantly of all we find the truth of a love that says we are loved and valued by our Creator.

For God so loved the world that he sent his only son,  that whoever believes, they shall not die, but have eternal life.....for Jesus came not to condemn....but to save....John 3:16-17

Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.  Romans 10:13

May God bless you and bring much understanding, growth and quiet joy during this season of Lent.

Pastor Alice