Begun in the 6th century, Lent marks 40 days of reflection on Jesus’ death, culminating in His resurrection on Easter morning. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the church reflects upon man’s mortality brought about by sin and the need for a Savior who would die to atone for sin. This deepens our awareness of our sin, preparing our hearts for the good news of Jesus' work on the cross. As Puritan pastor Richard Sibbes once said, “Until sin be bitter, Christ cannot be sweet”. From the depths of our sin, Lent helps us to grasp the extent of God’s grace (Romans 8:37–39); for the Easter resurrection is no news if we are not dead. But if we awaken to the barrenness of our souls, the resurrection is the greatest news imaginable. Lent is meant for just that, to awaken thankfulness within us for Christ.
So plan to join us on Ash Wednesday for this special 45 min Gathering.